A profound visual testimony to how much changed while we all had to stay inside and how much—painfully, mournfully—stayed the same.
Artful, cathartic, and most needed.
– Kirkus Review STARRED REVIEW, 11/01/2021
There's nothing Reynolds can't do, and his readers know it. This creative, timely reflection will be particularly admired by teens seeking change. It’s essential reading.
– Booklist *STARRED REVIEW*, 12/1/2021
As Reynolds’s lines depict Black people facing police brutality, Covid-19, and general concerns regarding safety, Griffin’s captivating collages literally and metaphorically capture a constant state of worry and panic, leading to visual moments that encourage the reader to find solace and inspiration in the everyday.
– Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW*, 11/15/2021
This powerful title may become the memory book for how we made it through troubled times.
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, *STARRED REVIEW*
Ain't Burned All the Bright is a gripping, emotional look into the life of a Black family living through what is evidently the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
– Shelf Awareness, *STARRED REVIEW*
Griffin’s art is the linchpin of the book. He skillfully juxtaposes vast spaces of black and white with color and texture; canvas tape and speckled paint make images feel urgently dimensional, while the blank spaces feel expansive.
– Bookpage, *STARRED REVIEW*
The poem and images create an authentic young adult narrator trying to grapple with the confusion and fear of the double pandemic (COVID-19 and systemic racism) he is facing.
– Horn Book Magazine, *STARRED*
Reynolds’s breathtakingly poetic prose melds seamlessly with Griffin’s effective multimedia images to capture a story of our time that should be read by everybody. This is a must read.
– School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW*, 5/13/2022