This graphic novel tells the story of Will Allen—former basketball star turned innovative urban farmer.
Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he’s as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage—or a basketball—in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can’t see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot in Milwaukee he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world. No space, no problem. Poor soil, there’s a solution. Need help, found it. Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems. In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation named him one for his innovative urban farming methods, including aquaponics and hydroponics.
Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author and Caldecott Medal winner, along with debut artist Eric-Shabazz Larkin’s striking artwork, tells the inspiring story of the Black innovator, educator, and community builder. (Source)
Creators: Jacqueline Briggs Martin & Eric-Shabazz Larkin
Author Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of Snowflake Bentley, winner of the Caldecott Medal. Her last book, The Chiru of High Tibet, was named “Best Book of 2010″ by Smithsonian Magazine and Kirkus Review. Other notable mentions include ALA Notables, a Golden Kite Honor Award, Lupine Awards from the Maine Library Association, and four inclusions on the Blue Ribbon List of the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. She has taught creative writing at Hamline College and University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She grew up on a farm in Maine and now lives in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
Illustrator Eric-Shabazz Larkin is a film maker, fine artist, and a creative director in advertising. He is also a founder of the Creative School of Thought, a group of artists that produce content for public art and social change. A native of Virginia, he lives in New York City. This is his first book for children.