November 1, 2015

HALLOWEEN WEEK! FUNNY BONES BY DUNCAN TONATIUH


It's Halloween Week and Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).

The Latina Book Club is proud to bring you
books that will scare you and make your heart race.  
So Be Brave and Happy Reading.
  


Harry N. Abrams Publishing
This children’s book is playful, artistic and fascinating.  I never knew the history of the calaveras and why they are identified so much with Mexico.  This book was fun and arresting. Readers of all ages will love it.

SUMMARY:  FUNNY BONES tells the story of how the amusing calaveras—skeletons performing various every day or festive activities—came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852–1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe’s, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity. 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he now lives. He travels extensively in the U.S., visiting schools, libraries, and bookstores.