Ladd, in his first picture book, demonstrates a rare talent for portraiture-even the faces in his crowd scenes are individuated. Like Farris, he resists the temptation to lionize his subject: instead of looking iconic, his King looks human-in other words, capable of inspiring the reader.  Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

THE POWER OF WORDS! This is the illustrator London Ladd's first picture book, and he has done a masterful job of depicting the event.  Children’s Literature

Ladd's acrylic paintings are an excellent accompaniment to the text. His use of color and varying perspectives creates a great deal of visual energy, extending the excitement of the event. An informative addition.  School Library Journal

Ladd, a talented figure painter and first-time picture-book illustrator, offers his own fresh and affecting take on these now familiar events; his images expand and enliven the well-known facts and ably expand on Farris's powerful family story. This is an essential addition to family, church, school and public-library collections.  Kirkus Reviews


Recognition & Awards:

ALA Carnegie Medal of Excellence in Children's Video

Parent's Choice Award in Historical Fiction

Teachers' Choices booklist selection

AudioFile Earphones Award