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And I'm so excited about Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist, my new book about Mexican musician, bandleader, and stereo sound pioneer Juan Garcia Esquivel. See that snazzy guy with the telescope? Yep, that's Esquivel, pictured on one of his albums of weird, wild, wonderful music that's totally out of this world!


Award-winning artist Duncan Tonatiuh illustrated the book using his fun, fabulous style based on ancient Mexican art. Esquivel! is available in both English and Spanish editions, brought to you by the fine folks at Charlesbridge Publishing. It’s a Belpré Honor Book, ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Junior Library Guild Selection, and it’s racking up some very exciting raves, including School Library Journal’s coveted starred review and inclusion on its Top Ten Latinx Books list (details at my blog). 

Hope you’ll check out Esquivel!—I know you’ll dig it!

You can learn more about Esquivel!, sample his crazy-cool sound, and find an educator’s guide in both English and Spanish at EsquivelBook.com!

“A beautiful addition to music biography collections for upper elementary students.” School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“A lively introduction to a somewhat obscure and profoundly innovative musical figure.” Kirkus Reviews

“Incorporates enough sound effects to make Esquivel proud.” Booklist

“As Wood and Tonatiuh demonstrate in this picture-book biography, being part of Juan Garcia Esquivel fandom could be insanely cool.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Duncan Tonatiuh creates a sense of sound and movement through energetic, textured collage illustrations that celebrate the life of innovative Mexican musician and composer Juan García Esquivel. Incorporating funky fonts and far-out fashions, Tonatiuh’s unique artistic style harkens back to indigenous codex art and lends cultural authenticity to this pulsating picture-book biography.”Pura Belpré Award

© Susan Wood 2016