Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist

Pura Belpré Honor Book

ALA Notable Children's Book
Junior Library Guild Selection 
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

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.

From School Library Journal
Gr 2–6—Much as Juan García Esquivel (1918–2002) made a great contribution to music history, this title is an important addition to music biography collections. Beginning with Tampico, Mexico, the text and illustrations work together to showcase how a world filled with sound influenced and inspired a young Esquivel and continued to do so throughout his life. Esquivel is shown listening to "whirling" mariachi bands, modifying a player piano to suit his own compositions, experimenting with unusual instruments like the theremin, and conducting musicians in unique and unprecedented ways. The text explores how Esquivel's love of sound led to new ways of making music,...

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