Daniel's Ride/el Paseo de Daniel

Daniel's Ride/el Paseo de Daniel

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by Michael Perry, Lee Ballard
     
 

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It's the first day of summer vacation and the sun is shining bright on the big city. Young Daniel is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his big brother Hector and his custom '63 Impala lowrider. Daniel and Hector cruise the boulevard, compete in a lowrider hopping contest at the beach, and drive downtown to visit their artist cousin Diego who's painting an elaborate… See more details below

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It's the first day of summer vacation and the sun is shining bright on the big city. Young Daniel is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his big brother Hector and his custom '63 Impala lowrider. Daniel and Hector cruise the boulevard, compete in a lowrider hopping contest at the beach, and drive downtown to visit their artist cousin Diego who's painting an elaborate mural. But the ride doesn't end there. Along the way, Daniel receives an unexpected gift from his big brother: the gift of determination. When Hector promises to give Daniel the car for graduating from high school, Daniel resolves to do just that, so one day he can give Hector a ride to remember.

This engaging tale of brotherly love evolves out of the underrepresented Latino experience and makes it accessible to young people everywhere. Never before has a children's picture book captured the subtleties and nuances of America's true favorite pastime: cruising. Nor has there been a book which reflects the inner city "lowrider" culture in a positive upbeat perspective.

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Booklist
Today my big brother, Hector, promised to take me cruisin' in his low rider," says Daniel, the narrator of this vibrant picture book. When Hector arrives, Daniel hops into the '63 Impala convertible, and the two take off through the streets, cruising the beach strip, blasting music, and turning the hydraulic switches so that the car becomes "a funky barrio carnival ride." After a stop to visit muralist cousin Diego, the ride is over, but Hector has another wonderful surprise: he promises that the Impala will be Daniel's if he finishes high school and plans to go to college. With its crackling dialogue and sound effects, the text has an energetic, optimistic momentum that's echoed in the unusual collage paintings. Readers will feel the charged thrill of the ride in the rich, deep, orange-and-green spreads, broad brushstrokes, and kinetic angles. A small introductory glossary defines the Latino words used in the story. A great choice for reading aloud or for urban kids to read alone.
San Francisco Chronicle
Every boy looks up to his older brother, but not every big brother drives the coolest car in the neighborhood. In Daniel's Ride by San Francisco writer Michael Perry and illustrator Lee Ballard (Free Will; 32 pages; $16; ages 6- up), big brother Hector gives middle-school-age Daniel a ride in his "candy root beer brown" '63 Impala convertible "complete with spider hydraulics and gold wire wheels" and a license plate that says "2COOL." Daniel is thrilled to cruise around town making heads turn, then shocked when Hector offers him a deal: "You graduate from high school, with plans to go to college, and the car is yours." A glossary of Spanish words precedes the first page of this hip tale of fraternal motivation, and Spanish phrases keep the dialogue real. Ballard's paintings of intimate urban scenes in glowing sunset tones reflect the warmth of the story.
Lowrider Magazine
Perry has managed to write one of the most firme (powerful) books ever published.
Epiphany Eagles
It's positive message and heartfelt warmth make Daniel's Ride a must read.
Marine Teacher Association
This delightful tale of brotherly love is sure to capture the attention and emotion of ALL readers, young and old.
Children's Literature
The author portrays inner-city low rider culture in a positive light as he tells the story of Daniel, a young Latino boy, whose older brother, Hector, takes him for a ride through the city in his 1963 Chevrolet Impala convertible. The affection between the brothers is the strongest element of the story. However, the dialogue is stilted and the illustrations unremarkable. There is an undisguised moral at the end of the story, lending a didactic tone to the work and diminishing its quality. The book has been acclaimed as a landmark in the celebration of inner city culture, particularly the low-rider cruising subculture, and perhaps it does succeed at that. It is not, however, a work of literary or artistic quality. 2001, Free Will Press,
— Kathy Egner
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A small Latino boy goes for a ride in big brother Hector's '63 Impala convertible "complete with spider hydraulics and gold wire wheels." Daniel snaps his fingers to the loud boom-boom of the radio, loves the look and even the smell of the car, and when he's spotted his peers as he zooms by, he knows he's "gonna be the coolest kid in school." But-big brother has a bigger plan in mind. He offers the boy a deal: high-school graduation with college plans for Daniel, and then he'll have the car for his very own. Of course, Daniel accepts the condition. If the story sounds didactic, that's because it is. The transition from a kid's wished-for ride to a mini-lesson in determination and effort is abrupt and overstated; the language is often stilted and inconsistent. Daniel switches from a colloquial realistic mingling of Spanish and English to adult-sounding phrases like "a subtle voice," "he has painted an elaborate scene from Mexican history," and the like. The illustrations, in oil paint on board, are done in glowing colors and succeed in establishing the mood of an evening ride through Los Angeles, with scenes like that of a low rider silhouetted against a sunset with palm trees and a group of boys hanging out on a basketball court. There are, however, no really individual, recognizable faces: they portray moods rather than people; they are more paintings than illustrations.-Marian Drabkin, formerly at Richmond Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
In Michael Perry's entertaining picturebook Daniel's Ride, it's the first day of summer vacation and young Daniel is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his big brother Hector and his custom '63 Impala Low Rider. The two bothers cruise the boulevard, compete in a low rider hopping context at the beach, and drive downtown to visit their artist cousin Diego as he paints an elaborate mural. It is during this wonderful day's journey that Daniel receives an unexpected gift from his big brother — determination. Lee Ballard's artwork is perfectly suited to Perry's entertaining story of two brothers, a car, and a beautiful sunny day.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780867196412
Publisher:
Last Gasp of San Francisco
Publication date:
10/15/2005
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

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