Funny Bones|Duncan Tonatiuh
Funny Bones : Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
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A ​New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015
A Robert F. Sibert Award Winner
A Pura Belpr Illustrator Honor Book

An ALA/ALSC Notable Children's Book

Discover the story behind Jos Guadalupe Posada's iconic D a de Muertos skeletons in this fascinating picture book from award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh

Funny Bones tells the story of how calaveras came to be. The amusing figures are the creation of Mexican artist Jos Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). Lupe learned the art of printing at a young age and soon had his own shop. In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not that of the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico's D a de Muertos festival.

Calaveras are skeletons performing all sorts of activities, both everyday and festive: dancing in the streets, playing instruments in a band, pedaling bicycles, promenading in the park, and even sweeping the sidewalks. They are not intended to be frightening, but rather to celebrate the joy of living as well as provide humorous observations about people.

Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh relates the pivotal moments of Lupe's life and explains the different artistic processes he used. Juxtaposing his own artwork with Lupe's, Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity.


  • ISBN-13: 9781419716478
  • ISBN-10: 1419716476
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.16 pounds
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10