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The Steel Pan Man of Harlem (Carolrhoda Picture Bks Series)

The Steel Pan Man of Harlem - Colin Bootman My niece and nephew both liked this retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin (although I was surprised to learn that neither of them are familiar with the original story). With its Caribbean meets Harlem Renaissance vibe, The Steel Pan Man was a unique spin on an old classic.

The pictures in this book gave us a fun blend of silly alongside realism, and they were beautifully rendered, and full of movement and color. At first I thought the pictures were too dark. It wasn't until about 2/3 of the way through that I realized that I was wearing my sunglasses rather than my normal glasses! Poor old crazy Auntie. What those children must think of me.