What do President Barack Obama, actor Keanu Reeves, reporter Soledad O'Brien (and award-winning author Monica Brown!) have in common with the spunky heroine Marisol McDonald? Like nine million other Americans, they are mixed-race. While the multiracial population in the U.S. has grown rapidly very few children's books reflect the experience of being mixed-race. According to the 2010 US Census, the number of mixed-race children in the US increased almost 50% in the last decade, making it the fastest growing youth group in the country. The New York Times recently published a series of articles called "Race Remixed" which explores the growing number of mixed-race Americans.
MARISOL MCDONALD DOESN'T MATCH is a funny and lively story about a biracial Peruvian-Scottish soccer-playing pirate-artist who doesn't match---and doesn't want to! Check out the early reviews, including a coveted starred review from Kirkus:
"A little girl celebrates her multiracial background and pride in her individuality through a creative and non-conformist attitude. Marisol's varied, distinctive lifestyle and multiracial family affirms our increasingly blended society and clearly celebrates independent thinking. Brava!" —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review
"In this lively bilingual book, Marisol is brought to life in both English and Spanish through Brown’s dynamic prose, Palacios’s vibrant illustrations, and Dominguez’s outstanding translation. This fun book allows readers to meet a wonderful character. The story encourages readers to embrace their uniqueness and be exactly who they are." —School Library Journal
"The vivacious Peruvian-Scottish-American protagonist of this bilingual book has brown skin and hair 'the color of fire.' Her friends tell her that she 'doesn’t match,' because of her appearance and her wardrobe, but when Marisol tones down her style, she realizes that it doesn’t feel right. Palacio’s collage work incorporates newsprint, vibrant patterns, and Peruvian motifs, echoing the message about being true to oneself." —Publishers Weekly
"Brilliant, rambunctious, delightful..." —Smithsonian BOOK DRAGON