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Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist
by Susan Wood and Duncan Tonatiuh


Overview - Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan's space-age lounge music--popular in the fifties and sixties--has found a new generation of listeners.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan's space-age lounge music--popular in the fifties and sixties--has found a new generation of listeners. And Duncan Tonatiuh's fresh and quirky illustrations bring Esquivel's spirit to life.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580896733
  • ISBN-10: 1580896731
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9
  • Dimensions: 10 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Music
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > People & Places - United States - Hispanic/Latino

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Wood (Under the Freedom Tree) and Tonatiuh (Funny Bones) team up to recount the life of Juan García Esquivel (1918–2002), who grew up with music in Mexico, “where whirling mariachi bands let out joyful yells as they stamped and strummed,” and made it his life’s work as a bandleader and composer. Tonatiuh’s Mexican-art-inspired collages translate smoothly to the 1950s and ’60s, when Esquivel was at the height of his creative output, creating lounge music using newly developed stereo recording technology. Wood’s straightforward narration moves readers briskly through the musician’s life, and her descriptions of the sounds he developed (“like a crazy rocket ride zigzagging through outer space”) should lead many of them to seek out recordings of his work. It’s a welcome tribute to an underrated figure in 20th-century music. A Spanish-language edition is available simultaneously. Ages 6–9. Author’s agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary. (Sept.)

 
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