Once Around the Block / Una Vuelta a la Manzana

By Jose Lozano
(Cinco Puntos Press, Hardcover, 9781933693576, 32pp.)

Publication Date: August 2009

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The bilingual kids in a Mexican-American neighborhood know a fun way to teach the alphabet.

About the Author

José Lozano was born in Los Angeles but moved as an infant to Juárez, México. There, he found many of the cultural touchstones that continue to influence his work today--bad Mexican cinema, fotonovelas, ghost stories, and comic books. Lozano prefers to work in a series, focusing on themes like Mexican wrestlers, paper dolls, and loteria.

Praise For Once Around the Block / Una Vuelta a la Manzana

"The author's detailed and vibrant gouache paintings are framed as pictures in an album, reflecting the festive spirit of a real Hispanic community. Crosthwaite's excellent Spanish rendition maintains the savor and rhyme of the original text and its clever wordplay, making the story enjoyable in both languages." —Kirkus Reviews

"Humorous, double-page text and vivid colors make this an ideal ABC book. The narration in English and Spanish carry the same tone and story line. Lozano’s illustrations exude a Mexican feel and depict a vibrant and modern Hispanic community. Great for reading aloud, this book is a solid choice for building basic vocabulary skills." —School Library Journal

"Once Around the Block is a delightful bilingual ABC book with warm, vivid illustrations of happy faces and places. Its charm is only exceeded by its originality." —Midwest Book Review

"This splashy little gem is the work of one of the rising stars in the thriving Latino art scene in Los Angeles." —Tucson Citizen

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