PARKER LOOKS UP
By Parker Curry & Jessica Curry • Illustrated by Brittany Jackson
Picture Book (ages 4-8) • 32 pages
Published by Aladdin • 2019
Parker Looks Up begins with the Curry family’s real life outing to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Parker, her sister Ava and her friend, Gia, stroll from artwork to artwork, pointing out all the fun details—jeweled necklace, bushy mustache, brilliant feathers—against the backdrop of the museum’s grand architecture.
Parker’s day the museum culminates in the viral moment when she arrives at the portrait of Michelle Obama, painted by artist Amy Sherald, and look ups. Jackson’s bright and energetic artwork captures the awe, recognition and inspiration Parker feels as she looks up at the iconic portrait of the former First Lady. And the audience can’t help but be caught up, too!
The power of representation is evident and joyously celebrated as we see Parker imagining herself and all she can be and do in the image of Michelle Obama.
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Reviewed by: Jane Smith