Funny Bones

Funny Bones

Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

Book - 2015
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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 José 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 Día 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.
Publisher: New York :, Abrams Books for Young Readers,, 2015
ISBN: 9781419716478
Branch Call Number: JB POSADA
Characteristics: 40 pages :,colored illustrations ;,28 cm


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Feb 20, 2020

Extremely informative, but can be hard to read to a group. Lots of info, but also doesn't have a great "flow". Partly because there is so much to read in so many places on the pages. Great to read with child one on one though.

PimaLib_SarahB Jul 28, 2016

A beautiful and informative book about Posada's life and art. Not just for kids.

ElizF May 17, 2016

A great story about the Mexican artist who created many popular skeleton images. The book does a great job of covering a lot of topics in a short amount of text, all while providing lots of space for great illustrations. The instructions for printing processes are short and easy to understand, and could easily be extended into art projects for kids.

Nov 04, 2015

This was a really wonderful book. My six year old read it about a dozen times when we checked it out and it made our craft projects for Day of the Dead much more thoughtful and meaningful. I didn't know much about Posada before we read it and was glad to learn about this important Mexican artist whose work I had seen so much but whose name I hadn't ever really heard.


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