Funny Bones Posada And His Day Of The Dead Calaveras


Funny BonesNineteenth century Mexican artist and social commentator Jose Guadalupe Posada is well known for his satirical political cartoons and his calavera drawings. Calaveras are festive and fun bony skeletons riding bicycles, wearing fancy hats, playing guitars, and dancing. They have become associated with el Dia de Muertos – the Day of the Dead. The well-written text details Posada’s life in this thought-provoking picture book. Posada’s artistic techniques of lithography, engraving, and etching are clearly explained and reproductions of his calaveras will involve readers in answering questions about his intentions. Tonatiuh’s signature hand-drawn and digitally collaged illustrations with profile figures are inspired by ancient Mexican art. Back matter includes a lengthy author’s note, a glossary with pronunciations, a bibliography, art credits, an index, and a list of places where Posada’s work can be seen in the United States. mjw
Title: Funny Bones Posada And His Day Of The Dead Calaveras
Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
: Duncan Tonatiuh
: Abrams Books for Young Readers, New York
: 2015
Original Language
: English
: 978-1-4197-1647-8
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 6-10
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: Mexico
Author’s ethnicity
: Mexican
Author’s residence
: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Mexican
Illustrator’s residence
: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
: 2016 Pura Belpre Honor – Illustration, 2016 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2016 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
: Biography, Culture, Engravers, History, Holidays and celebrations, Human skeletons in art, Mexico

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