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Beautifully illustrated by Roger Mello with sophisticated, highly textural paper cutouts, Charcoal Boys follows a young boy working in Brazil's charcoal mines. The boy's strength and resilience shine through the darkness in this moving condemnation of child labor.
Praise for Roger Mello's You Can't Be Too Careful! (Elsewhere Editions, 2017): ALA Batchelder Honor Award 2018 Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2017 USBBY Outstanding International Books List 2018 ALSC Notable Children's Book "A marvel of art, story, and imagination."--Laura Farmer, The Gazette "Elegant linework mixes with torn paper and soft, textured colors as a parade of luminous, exotic caricatures and their accoutrements unfold against a white backdrop; the effect is magical. The interactions probe issues around wealth, possession, and compassion...Complex and provocative."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Through wordplay, dreamlike images, and a playful lightness of touch, You Can't Be Too Careful! expresses serious questions about the importance of kindness and the dangers of greed."--MPR News Staff "Roger Mello's illustrations challenge and excite the imagination... it's great to see some of his work available in English at last."--Center for Literacy in Primary Education "This is a book for puzzle-lovers... Complex and provocative, it's just right for children who love a challenge."--Bookwitty