A Sibert Award Winner, Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Honor Book, New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015 and International Latino Book Award Finalist! Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras—skeletons performing various everyday 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. The book includes an author’s note, bibliography, glossary, and index.
|Product dimensions:||11.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, in the historical state of Guanajuato, Mexico. Duncan Tonatiuh studied writing and illustration at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. His illustrations are inspired by the ancient Mixtec art. Duncan’s first book, Dear Primo: A Letter to my Cousin, won a Pura Belpré Illustration Honor; Diego Rivera: His World and Ours won the Pura Belpré Illustration Award and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award; Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale was featured on the front cover of USA Today, received a Pura Belpré Illustration Honor for illustration and narrative and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children Book Award; Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, received a Pura Belpré Illustration Honor, a Robert F. Sibert honor for best informational book, and the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children Book Award; Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Boook, won the Robert F. Sibert award for best informational book, earned a Pura Belpre Illustration Honor, and the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children Book Award. Duncan currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with his wife and child.
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Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Renowned author-illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh brings his signature style to Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, a fascinating biography of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). Posada mastered lithography, engraving, and relief etching. Posada’s work moved from literary calaveras, which featured short humorous poems, to social and political commentary. At his death Posada was poor and his identity was relatively unknown until artists Jean Charlot and Diego Rivera wrote essays and publicized his work. Funny Bones is an all-inclusive book for adults as well as children, offering unforgettable illustrations, a glossary of terms, historical context, additional websites, and an extensive bibliography. This is a “worth every penny” book that I shared with a fourth grade class, my tutoring students, librarians, and my family. Funny Bones received the following awards: A Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Award Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Honor Book New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015 International Latino Book Award Finalist
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous! And I love the simple and yet not simplistic explanations of Dia de Muertos and Calaveras. Tonatiuh invites students to wonder what the calaveras mean and to consider what calaveras would look like today. I loved the extras in the back where you can find out where to see Posada's work.