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Taye Diggs is an actor whose credits include motion pictures (How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Chicago), stage (Rent, Wicked), and television (Private Practise). He lives in Los Angeles and New York City with his wife, the actress Idina Menzel, and their son.

Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson, and Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Taye Diggs is an actor whose awards include the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. His performance credits include motion pictures (The Best Man Holiday, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Chicago), stage (Rent, Wicked), and television (The Good Wife, Murder in the First, Private Practice). He lives in Los Angeles and New York City with his son, Walker.Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including Underground, winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, We March, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012, and and Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.His is also the illustrator of The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pickney, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens finalist. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kansas City, Missouri.

Reviews

"Mike's unerring sense of self ("I'm a beautiful blend of dark and light") and the powerful love that surrounds him make this a rewarding, valuable read for families of any makeup." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review"[A] well-written, fun story of acceptance, friendship, and love. The text, colors, and design make this a good choice for read-alouds, but there are many details in the artwork (usually containing the word "mixed" or a synonym thereof) that make it good for one-on-one sharing." --School Library Journal, starred review"Some kids call him "Mixed-up Mike," but the protagonist makes clear that he isn't mixed-up at all--just mixed . . . Mike's confidence in his own appearance and coolness as well as the way he proudly embodies diversity, including a certain level of androgyny, make this a refreshing read. Evans' integration of rough-textured fabrics into lively and colorful mixed-media illustrations will make readers want to reach out and touch them . . . If all kids had the confidence about who they are that Mike has, what a wonderful world this would be." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review"For the millions of mixed-race Americans who have to endure the constant questioning of their identity, [Mike] has an answer: "I'm a beautiful blend of dark and light, / I was mixed up perfectly, / and I'm JUST RIGHT!" . . . The story's joyful message will resonate with multiracial readers and their families, leaving them with the cheeky takeaway: if you have a problem with me, it's your problem." --Booklist Mike's unerring sense of self ( I'm a beautiful blend of dark and light ) and the powerful love that surrounds him make this a rewarding, valuable read for families of any makeup. Publisher's Weekly, starred review [A] well-written, fun story of acceptance, friendship, and love. The text, colors, and design make this a good choice for read-alouds, but there are many details in the artwork (usually containing the word mixed or a synonym thereof) that make it good for one-on-one sharing. School Library Journal, starred review Some kids call him Mixed-up Mike, but the protagonist makes clear that he isn't mixed-up at all just mixed . . . Mike's confidence in his own appearance and coolness as well as the way he proudly embodies diversity, including a certain level of androgyny, make this a refreshing read. Evans' integration of rough-textured fabrics into lively and colorful mixed-media illustrations will make readers want to reach out and touch them . . . If all kids had the confidence about who they are that Mike has, what a wonderful world this would be. Kirkus Reviews, starred review For the millions of mixed-race Americans who have to endure the constant questioning of their identity, [Mike] has an answer: I'm a beautiful blend of dark and light, / I was mixed up perfectly, / and I'm JUST RIGHT! . . . The story's joyful message will resonate with multiracial readers and their families, leaving them with the cheeky takeaway: if you have a problem with me, it's your problem. Booklist" Mike's unerring sense of self ( I'm a beautiful blend of dark and light ) and the powerful love that surrounds him make this a rewarding, valuable read for families of any makeup. "Publisher's Weekly," starred review [A] well-written, fun story of acceptance, friendship, and love. The text, colors, and design make this a good choice for read-alouds, but there are many details in the artwork (usually containing the word mixed or a synonym thereof) that make it good for one-on-one sharing. "School Library Journal," starred review Some kids call him Mixed-up Mike, but the protagonist makes clear that he isn't mixed-up at all just mixed . . . Mike's confidence in his own appearance and coolness as well as the way he proudly embodies diversity, including a certain level of androgyny, make this a refreshing read. Evans' integration of rough-textured fabrics into lively and colorful mixed-media illustrations will make readers want to reach out and touch them . . . If all kids had the confidence about who they are that Mike has, what a wonderful world this would be. "Kirkus Reviews," starred review For the millions of mixed-race Americans who have to endure the constant questioning of their identity, [Mike] has an answer: I'm a beautiful blend of dark and light, / I was mixed up perfectly, / and I'm JUST RIGHT! . . . The story's joyful message will resonate with multiracial readers and their families, leaving them with the cheeky takeaway: if you have a problem with me, it's "your" problem. "Booklist""

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