Tonatiuh, Duncan Esquivel! : Space-Age Sound Artist. PICTURE BOOK. Charlesbridge, 2016, $17.95. Content: G.
Juan loved music, he taught himself to play the piano and by the time he was 14 he was performing on the radio. By 17 he was an orchestra leader; he really loved to make unusual sounds. His music was very original and eventually he moved to the United States where he recorded his crazy colorful music in stereo and changed his name to Esquival! (The ! is part of his name)
This is a great picture book biography. Tonatiuh has included a photograph of Esquival!, resources including websites and video, and both an author’s and an illustrator’s note. The reader will certainly want to hear his music. His sound was different that anyone had heard before, and the text gets that across with great sound words like BOWM-BOWM and WHEEDY-WHEE. Can’t wait to show this to my music teachers.
EL (K-3), EL, MS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian.