First let me just say that I had no idea that this was a children's book; not that it bothered me but still. I also had not heard of Nikki Grimes prior to reading this book of poetry and I had no idea what the Golden Shovel method was, so I'm glad she explained it at the start of the book. The technique seems pretty challenging but I think she did a good job creating original works of her own using it. I especially enjoyed her poems, "In Search of a Superpower" and "A Dark Date for Josh".
If you're a fan of poetry and the Harlem Renaissance, then you should check out One Last Word.