Junior Library Guild Honors Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist

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Extra-special shiny in the mailbox today! From the letter enclosed in the Junior Library Guild package:

Congratulations! In keeping with our goal of providing extraordinary reading experiences for children and young adults, ¡Esquivel! Un artista del sonido de la era especial (Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist) has been awarded the designation “A Junior Library Guild Selection”…. The Junior Library Guild Selection designation is unique in that it is typically awarded so early—often in advance of publication. With its distinction as one of the first awards given, it is often viewed as a bellwether of future success. 

I’m humbled, honored, and excited to share this award with Esquivel!’s amazing illustrator, Duncan Tonatiuh, and publisher, Charlesbridge

Muchas gracias, JLG!

Here Wee Read: “Readers Will Be Inspired by Esquivel!”

Thanks so much, Here Wee Read, for the kind words in your fantabulous review of Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist — so glad you and your children found musical Juan’s true story inspiring! And I agree, Duncan Tonatiuh’s colorful illustrations are definitely out of this world!

…Makes an informative and fun read aloud…. The illustrations are bright and cheerful – they really complement the story well as the characters are dressed in outfits from the '50s and '60s era…. The kids' favorite thing about this book is repeating all the unique musical sounds like: “rah-rah-rah-ree,” “blop-bleep-bleep-bloop” and “squiddle didly squee”! My favorite thing about this book was learning about someone completely new (and lesser known) from a diverse background. We don’t see too many books about successful Mexicans so this was a real treat for me to read…. Highly recommended for music lovers as well as Mexican or Mexican-American children to allow them to see themselves represented in a book. I think many little readers will be inspired by Esquivel! to follow their dreams just like he did.

Full review here!

© Susan Wood 2022