As an orphaned Black boy growing up in America in the early 1900s, Paul R. Williams became obsessed by the concept of "home." He not only dreamed of building his own home, he turned his dreams into drawings. Defying the odds and breaking down the wall of racism, Williams was able to curve around the obstacles in his way to become a world-renowned architect. He designed homes for the biggest celebrities of the day, such as Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball, and created a number of buildings in Los Angeles that are now considered landmarks.
From Andrea J. Loney, the author of the Caldecott Honor Book Double Bass Blues, and award-winning artist Keith Mallett comes a remarkable story of fortitude, hope, and positivity.
Andrea J. Loney is the author of the Caldecott Honor Book Double Bass Blues (illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez), the Lee & Low New Voices Award winner Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! (illustrated by Keith Mallett), and Bunnybear (illustrated by Carmen Saldaña), which was named to ALA's Rainbow Book List. A graduate of New York University, she’s currently a computer science professor at a local community college. Andrea lives in Los Angeles with her towering stacks of children’s books, her devoted family, and their incredibly spoiled pets.
Keith Mallett has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. The NAACP Image Award–nominated artist and designer has created posters and fine art prints for more than forty years. In 2017, he created the Google Doodle commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He has illustrated a number of picture books, including When Langston Dances (written by Kaija Langley), Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! (written by Andrea J. Loney), and Sing a Song (written by Kelly Starling Lyons). Keith lives in San Diego with his wife and German shepherd.
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2022)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- ISBN-10: 0593429079
- ISBN-13: 9780593429075
- Reading age: 4 - 8 years
- Grade level: Preschool - 3
- Item Weight: 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions: 0.04 x 0.04 x 0.04 inches
- Alt: Curve and Flow, Paul Williams, Paul R Williams