My Abuelita (2009) by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Yuyi Morales.
It’s no secret that I love Yuyi Morales. And this book, written by Tony Johnston is the perfect match, bringing just the right mix of magic and love for Yuyi Morales’ work to soar.
A young boy lives with his Abuelita and their cat, Frida Kahlo.
My abuelita is round. Robust, she says, like a calabaza. A pumpkin. She doesn’t mind. She likes pumpkins.
“Being round gives me a good round voice,” she tells me. “Just the voice for my work.
Abuelita goes through her daily routine to get ready for work: stretching, singing in the shower with “deep, boggy, froggy notes,” eating huevos estrellados, starry eggs for breakfast and packing up her “carcacha, her jalopy, with all the things she needs.” Luckily, the boy and Frida Kahlo both help out when she forgets little things here and there.
Finding this book is like falling in love. Exuberant, warm, with so much personality gushing right off the pages. An instant favorite.