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Hey You!

Written by Dapo Adeola

Illustrated by Dapo Adeola, Alyissa Johnson, Sharee Miller

Key Stage 1 Politics, Law, Philosophy & Ethics

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A beautiful, powerful, and cohesive reading experience

This book is outstanding in its gathering of talent to provide the illustrations to Adeola’s messages. It is a powerful, personal response to the murder of George Floyd and the awakening around the world to the Black Lives Matter movement. It is an honest and very personal letter to Adeola’s younger self, messages he wishes he had seen and heard at a young age, created now for the children of the future. 


The messages apply to any child – and the illustrations show a diverse range of children and adults; the writing is simple, straightforward and obviously deeply felt, urging children to be themselves, be curious and love the skin you are in. 


Each double page spread, and the end papers, are all created by one of the eighteen talented black illustrators assembled from all over the world or this book. It is a joy to see so many different yet complementary styles of illustration creating the whole. A book for every classroom and nursery in the country!

Tricia Adams

Hey You! Synopsis

Remember to dream your own dreams

Love your beautiful skin

You always have a choice

This book addresses - honestly, yet hopefully - the experiences Black children face growing up with systemic racism, as well as providing hope for the future, delivering a powerful message to a new generation of dreamers. It's a message that is both urgent and timeless - and offers a rich and rewarding reading experience for every child.

To mirror the rich variety of the Black diaspora, this book showcases artwork from Dapo and 18 incredible Black illustrators in one beautiful, powerful, and cohesive reading experience.

Hey You! Press Reviews

“Hey You! is phenomenal. Reading this book actually brought a lump to my throat. How I wish it’d been around when I was a child or when my daughter was younger. And what a showcase of illustrator talent. This is an absolute winner.” – Malorie Blackman


Book Information

ISBN: 9780241521946
Publication date: 10th June 2021
Author: Dapo Adeola
Illustrator: Dapo Adeola, Alyissa Johnson, Sharee Miller
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Politics & Law, Racism / Multi-Culturalism

About Dapo Adeola

Dapo Adeola is an award-winning illustrator and designer who creates characters and images that challenge expectations around race and gender in a fun and upbeat way. He is the co-creator and illustrator of bestselling picture book Look Up! - winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the number 1 debut picture book of 2019. London born and bred but of Nigerian heritage, when he's not busy cooking up new characters and adventures you can find Dapo running illustration and character design workshops with children or organising events to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to underrepresented members of ...

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