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About "The Watsons Go to Birmingham"
The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963 centers around the life of Kenneth Bernard Watson. Interestingly, the book actually ends on a dramatic note. If you have read Christopher Paul Curtis’ other books, you will notice Curtis makes an art out of writing dramatic books with humorous scenes peppered throughout.
That may seem odd to you, but he is an excellent writer. Curtis, who is African American, writes in pictures; in other words, he writes in such a manner that the characters are clearly visible to the reader. The best aspect about Curtis’ writing ability is that Curtis’ humor does not consist of jokes. His funny stories are very close to reality.
For example, I understand Kenneth’s father Daniel so well because my own father is just like Daniel. When Daniel tells a joke, he says it in a way that reminds me of how my dad would tell a joke, which obviously makes me laugh!
The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 connects its readers to the characters, which is what makes this book so special. That is a good reason why the book is a Newberry Honor. Authors like Curtis and other Newberry Medal recipients are good to use for an interpretation because they already took the time to bring their characters to life. All you have to do is act them out, which is what I did.
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