If you were a radio-owner on planet Earth circa 1998, you might have a hard time not bobbing your head--and, yes, maybe even rapping--along with this book from Will "Big Willie Style" Smith and illustrator Kadir Nelson.
That's because the words for Just the Two of Us are lifted from the lyrics to Smith's smash-hit single of the same name, a remake of the Bill Withers classic. True to the song, this radiantly drawn picture book follows a father as he watches his son grow into a man. Tender imagery (especially for hip-hop) details the dad's early, unfamiliar struggles with everything from child car seats to CD-ROMs, his aspirations ("Sometimes I wonder what you're gonna be, a general, a doctor, maybe an MC"), his worries ("Ooh there ain't no pain like from the opposite sex"), and his attempts to impart wisdom ("Always tell the truth, say your prayers, hold doors, pull out chairs, easy on the swears").
Nelson, whose work has appeared in everything from Sports Illustrated to The New Yorker, seems an ideal foil for Smith's colloquial stylings, contributing rich, vibrantly colored spreads that evocatively capture the subject matter without being overly sentimental. A must for fans of Will Smith, especially "all the fathers out there holdin' it down" (to whom Smith gives "special props"). (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Love Will Smith, an endearing book to his son, just not what I thought. References spanking, which I didn't want to read out loud to my 4 year old. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. C.
This is soooo Will Smith in form, love the story line. I could hear his voice while reading this. Very cute and encouraging for father and son relationships.Published 4 months ago by Dionne Francis
Didn't realize that it's acutally the song Will Smith had, so they just put it in a book. It's ok.Published 7 months ago by Tracee
great book for my little boy and his dad to read. It made them bond a little bit more I loved itPublished 7 months ago by Kanesha Patterson
Son is a huge fan of Jaden Smith so when he found out that Will Smith wrote it, he was too happy. He sings the chorus every time we read the story together.Published 11 months ago by R.C.
I WAS AWARE OF THE SONG BY WILL SMITH AND WHEN I SAW THE BOOK, AGAIN, I WANTED TO GET IT TO GIVE TO MY SON SO HE COULD READ IT TO HIS SON, MY GRANDSON. Read morePublished 16 months ago by CANDIJ
As a volunteer at the local library, I had become painfully aware to the lack of books depicting African-American fathers in the role as positive loving parents. Read morePublished 19 months ago by L. OWENS
The book provides a good story to read with your child but it is flimsy and not designed for tiny fingers.Published 21 months ago by SHAR