It’s a bird
It’s a plane
It’s the rare occurrence of an African-American hero in comic book form!
There’s no need to fear
Sparrowboy is here
When characters in this world appear
In picture books that we hold dear
I always hope that I will see
A character who looks like me like
Scratchboard art on 40 pages
A plot that’s right for many ages
(Thank you, Shoe Shine Boy. You’re Humble and Lovable!)
Note: Author/Illustrator Brian Pinkney has received both a Caldecott and a Coretta Scott King Award. He often collaborates with his wife, writer Andrea Davis Pinkney, on middle-school targeted African-American biographies.