Paperback Original. Be careful growing up in the green, wet, mango-sweet Mexican village of Rosario, where dead corpses rise up out of cathedral walls; where vast silver mines beneath the town occasionally collapse, causing a whole section of the village to drop out of sight; where Mr. Mendoza wields his paintbrush as the towns self-appointed conscience.
Magic realism, you say to yourself. Luis Alberto Urrea says, "No, NOT magical realism. Its simply how kids grow up in Mexico. Especially if youre a boy." And the part about Mr. Mendoza is really true: He brandishes his magical paintbrush everywhere, painting graffiti to singe the hearts and souls of trouble-making boys (especially if he catches a boy peeping at the girls bathing in the river). Hell steal the villains pants and paint PERVERT on his naked buttocks. And, finally, one day Mr. Mendozas paintbrush creates a miraculous event that no one in Rosario ever forgets!
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"Starred Review. An enchanting exploration of life's myriad mysteries." - Kirkus Reviews
"This lovely comics adaptation of a short story by major Latino writer Urrea may have found the ideal way to present magical realism graphically." - Publishers Weekly
"A gem for libraries, especially those seeking Latino-themed titles. High school age and up." - Library Journal
"Some scenes are laugh-aloud funny, others thrillingly chilling, and the whole a fable-like memoir that should win Urrea and Cardinale a large, welcoming audience." - Booklist
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Luis Alberto Urrea is a Mexican American poet, novelist, and essayist. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea has published extensively in fiction, short stories and poetry, and is a member of the Latin Literature Hall of Fame. Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, IL, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Urrea's first book, Across the Wire, was named a New York Times Notable Book and won the Christopher Award. In 1994, he won the Colorado Book Award in poetry for The Fever of Being as well as the Western States Book Award in poetry. He was also included in the 1996 Best American Poetry collection.
In 1999, Urrea won an American Book Award for his memoir, Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life. His ...
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