Monday, February 25, 2008

My Name is Gabito

MY NAME IS GABITO: THE LIFE OF GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ; Monica Brown and Raul Colon; Flagstaff, AZ: Rising Moon Press, 2007; unpaged. Biography
Young children are unlikely to be familiar with Nobel prize winner Garcia Marquez's richly textured (an understatement) works of magical realism, but this book will still be a charming introduction to the power and beauty of imagination and the roots of art. (Plus, it could help grownups figure out where Garcia-Marquez's stunning prose comes from.) Raul Colon's pictures are both muted and colorful, filled with tropical light. Winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Award for illustration, a prize well-deserved.

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