Funny Bones

Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

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Duncan Tonatiuh

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A Sibert Award Winner, Pura Belpru00e9 (Illustrator) Honor Book, New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2015 and International Latino Book Award Finalist!

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras – skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities – came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist Josu00e9 Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico’s Du00eda de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe’s, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity.

The book includes an author’s note, bibliography, glossary, and index.

Additional information

Weight 524 g
Dimensions 23.5 x 28.4 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 July 2015
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.5 x 28.4 cm
Weight 524 g

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Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, in the historical state of Guanajuato, Mexico. Duncan Tonatiuh studied writing and illustration at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. His illustrations are inspired by the ancient Mixtec art. Duncan's first book, Dear Primo: A Letter to my Cousin, won a Pura Belpr\u00e9 Illustration Honor; Diego Rivera: His World and Ours won the Pura Belpr\u00e9 Illustration Award and the Tom\u00e1s Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award; Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale was featured on the front cover of USA Today, received a Pura Belpr\u00e9 Illustration Honor for illustration and narrative and the Tom\u00e1s Rivera Mexican American Children Book Award; Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her Family's Fight for Desegregation, received a Pura Belpr\u00e9 Illustration Honor, a Robert F. Sibert honor for best informational book, and the Tom\u00e1s Rivera Mexican American Children Book Award; Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Boook, won the Robert F. Sibert award for best informational book, earned a Pura Belpre Illustration Honor, and the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children Book Award. Duncan currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with his wife and child.