Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Monica Brown and Rafael López are back with a new picture book---now available!

Monica Brown and Rafael López, the award-winning creators of the Pura Belpré Honor Book My Name Is Celia/Me llamo celia, team up once again for another spectacular collaboration in this upbeat tribute to musical legend, Tito Puente.

Watch the Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo book trailer:

Early Praise for Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey del Mambo:

“My father was an inspiration to many generations of Latin music fans worldwide. This book is a testament to that. Now his name and likeness will reach a brand new group of young fans who will discover his genius and talent.” — Tito Puente Jr.

“Brown and Lopez collaborate in this energetic bilingual tribute to salsa drummer and band leader extraordinaire. Lopez’s pictures convey salsa’s rhythmic exuberance via a riotous palette. A vibrant, reverent celebration of the godfather of salsa.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Irresistable...The vibrant imagery hums right off the page, full of high-contrast color and energetic composition, and decorated with swirling, starry embellishments. — Horn Book Magazine

Like so many of Brown’s biographies, Tito’s story introduces readers to a vibrant Latino figure. Award-winning illustrator López brings Tito’s story to life in vibrant acrylic salsa reds and oranges, which are splashed behind every shake of Tito’s hips and wink of his eyes.”— ALA Booklist

We're so excited for young readers and music lovers to enjoy this new picture book by Monica and Rafael. HarperCollins will be featuring TITO PUENTE in The Page Turn this month. To download a free Educator’s Guide and more, visit Monica Brown website or Rafael López website.

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