Sunday, February 25, 2018

Islandborn by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

"Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you." 

Lola is given an assignment at school to draw the place where she is from. The problem is, Lola doesn't remember because she came to the United States as a baby. So at her teacher's suggestion, she enlists the help of her family and the people in her neighborhood to help her find that sense of place she is missing.

Junot Diaz is known for his literary fiction, but I hope he writes more picture books because this book was completely enchanting. The writing is beautiful and Leo Espinosa's colorful illustrations are both joyful and sublime. I'm looking forward to sharing this book with kids.

Islandborn by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa
Expected Publication: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Dial
Pages: 48
Genre/Format: Picture Book
Audience: Primary/Middle Grade
Disclosure: Finished copy provided by publisher

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