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Please, Baby, Please

Please, Baby, Please( )
Author: Lee, Spike
Lee, Tonya Lewis
Illustrator: Nelson, Kadir
ISBN:978-0-689-83457-8
Publication Date:Apr 2006
Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Imprint:Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $7.99
Book Description:

Filmmaker Spike Lee and wife Tonya Lee Lewis join the ranks of other celebrity kids' book writers with their sweet, rhythmic read-along about the endless energy of a toddler blasting through a busy day. From moments fussy to fond, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife present a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills and unequivocal thrills of bringing up baby.

Book Details
Pages:38
Detailed Subjects: Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / African American
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):10 x 10 x 0.2 Inches
Book Weight:0.339 Pounds
Author Biography
Lee, Spike (Author)
Directing, writing, and starring in his own films, as did Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles before him, Lee has arguably had almost as profound an influence on American filmmaking as his predecessors, although in very different ways. In his own words, he is good at "marketing," and what he has marketed is a highly politicized African American cinema that is also commercially viable. Many critics credit Lee with paving the way for a new wave of mass-market yet socially conscious filmmakers, including John Singleton, Charles Lane, and Carl Franklin.

The eldest of six children, Lee was educated first at Morehouse College and then at New York University's film school. His first feature release, She's Gotta Have It (1986), won the Prix de Jeunesse at Cannes and was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful in the United States. Lee went on to make School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989), a technically sophisticated film that addressed racism in a complex and controversial fashion. The film constructs a narrative that leaves it to the viewer to decide whether its protagonist, Mookie, has done the right thing when he responds to the death of one of his friends at the hands of the police by throwing a trash can through the window of his employer, who had called the police in the first place. Because a riot ensues, many (white) critics argued that the film celebrated violence, and the press suggested that it would incite black spectators to riot (it did not). Other critics suggested that Mookie actually defuses a riot, by directing the community's anger toward property and away from the police.

Two years later, Lee tackled the subject of interracial relationships in another hotly debated film, Jungle Fever (1991), which some saw as preachy and sexist and others praised as bold and complex. However, his most recent and ambitious film, Malcolm X (1992), has been almost universally acclaimed.

Lee has published a companion text for each



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