Having worked with Marty Bennett and the Imagination Agency on previous children’s book titles and apps, this book had a different mission and audience. Marty wanted a statement piece with a serious and compelling message;
‘Dear Black Boy is a letter of encouragement to all of the black boys around the world who feel like sports are all they have. It is a reminder that they are more than athletes, more than a jersey number, more than a great crossover or a forty-yard dash, that the biggest game that they’ll ever play is the game of life, and there are people rooting for them off of the courts and fields, not as athletes, but as future leaders of the world.’
The peoetic words, the illustrations and colour hues, the paper stock and textures all help create a beautiful piece of artwork.
The same things that make these strong beautiful black boys great on whatever playing surface they choose are the same things that will propel them forward in life: mental toughness, dedication, passion, determination, and effort are all things that carry over into the game of life. With the right preparation, every Black Boy can win.
Print & Packaging