cover image Get Up, Stand Up

Get Up, Stand Up

Bob Marley and Cedella Marley, illus. by John Jay Cabuay. Chronicle, $16.99 (36p) ISBN 978-1-452171-72-2

Carrying on her father’s legacy of banding people together in solidarity, Cedella Marley adds to her collection of picture book adaptations of the singer-songewriter’s beloved work with this new installment. Here, she stays close to the original song’s message as she encourages children to take ownership of their convictions and stand up for themselves and others. Cabuay supports the lyrics with the kinetic flair of a music video in boldly colored, textural pencil and digital illustrations that convey the vitality and imperative force behind Bob Marley’s message. Scenes, for example on a schoolyard, in which children are bullied or isolated are transformed, over page turns, into situations in which their peers earnestly step up to defend and include them (“Stand up for your rights”). An energetic readaloud that promises to pump up young dissenters and peacemakers. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)