Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

Poet of the People

By Monica Brown; Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805091984, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2011


Once there was a little boy named Neftali who loved wild things wildly and quiet things quietly. From the moment he could talk, he surrounded himself with words. Neftali discovered the magic between the pages of books. When he was sixteen, he began publishing his poems as Pablo Neruda.

Pablo wrote poems about the things he loved things made by his friends in the cafe, things found at the marketplace, and things he saw in nature. He wrote about the people of Chile and their stories of struggle. Because above all things and above all words, Pablo Neruda loved people.

About the Author
Monica Brown is the award-winning author of magical, multicultural books for children, including My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising, 2004) and My Name is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Rising, 2005). My Name is Celia won the Americas Award for Children's Literature and was named a Pura Belpre Honor Book. When she is not writing, she teaches Latino/a literature at Northern Arizona University.

JULIE PASCHKIS won a "Boston Globe-Horn Book "Honor for "Yellow Elephant". She lives in Seattle.

Praise For Pablo Neruda

 “A visual and thematic stunner.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Brown and Paschkis paint a compelling portrait of a man who saw the world as a joyful, complex, and beautiful poem waiting to be unveiled.” Publishers Weekly

“Brown’s succinct lines read like a poem themselves, and they emphasize the infinite places writers find inspiration, from seashores to coal mines to the faces of people they love.” Booklist

“Impassioned (story)telling combine with Paschkis’s vibrant, decorative style for a book high in child appeal.” —School Library Journal

“It all adds up to an intriguing taste of Neruda’s themes and concerns, winningly dramatized in the splendor of Paschkis’s illustrations.” —Horn Book Magazine