Bluestem Book of the Week!

2019 Bluestem Nominees!
Have you read any of the 2019 Bluestem Books?
20 books are nominated every year for the Bluestem Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!

Title: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
Lexile Level: NA
Pages: 40
Recommendations & Comments: Calaveras, or skeletons, abound during Mexico's Dia de los Muertos celebrations on November 1-2. While they are often used as a way to remind people of their ancestors, they can also be used to remind us that death eventually comes for everyone, rich and poor, powerful or ordinary. Sometimes it is done in a funny way, in a style popularized by a Mexican artist named Jose Guadalupe Posada. Tonatiuh's book profiles Posada's life and how he created an approach to art that became more famous than he is; the book is a way to remind people of where the calaveras came from. It includes a step-by-step explanation of different printing processes in the 1800s, allowing artists to make many copies of their work way before electric printers or copy machines.

There are several examples of Posada's work reproduced in the book. The rest is drawn in Tonatiuh's own style, which is based on the art of ancient Mexico -- very flat and two-dimensional, as if they were drawn onto the wall of an Aztec temple. The characters often have their heads tilted up or down, with pursed lips as if they are about to whistle or kiss.
Reviewed By: Mr. Tom


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Created by Jen Trotta on Oct 18th, 2018 @ 11:40 AM.
Updated on Mar 18th, 2019 @ 11:10 AM.