SLJ Starred Review for Esquivel!—Best Book-Birthday Present Ever

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Feliz cumpleaños to Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist

Today illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh and I are celebrating the book’s official release—its book birthday—with some fabulous news: School Library Journal has given it their coveted starred review! So exciting! Here’s a taste:

Much as Juan García Esquivel (1918–2002) made a great contribution to music history, this title is an important addition to music biography collections….The text explores how Esquivel’s love of sound led to new ways of making music, most notably in his pioneering of stereo sound and lounge music. Tonatiuh’s illustrations are lively and colorful—a perfect match for Esquivel’s personality and work….A beautiful addition to music biography collections for upper elementary students.

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Couldn’t have asked for a better book-birthday gift!

Esquivel! is available in both English and Spanish editions. 

And teachers, definitely check out the Common Core-aligned educator’s guide created by literacy advocate Ed Spicer for fun, fresh, and exciting ways to use Esquivel! in the classroom!


© Susan Wood 2016