I Love My Colorful Nails

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10.1 X 0.4 X 10.0 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Luis Amavisca is a well-known visual artist and writer for kids in Spain. He has worked and written about equality, solidarity, environment and non-violence. He has published several books including Princess Li and Bang Bang I Hurt the Moon, this last one being the runner-up for the Most Inspirational Children's Picture Book by the International Latino Book Awards.
Alicia Acosta is a professional storyteller from Andalusia, Spain. Using her background as a psychologist, she works with children in schools to promote a love of reading. Her book, Little Captain Jack, was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award in the Best Children's Fiction Picture Book in English.
An illustrator, animator and tireless traveler. He has illustrated several children's books, such as The Elephant Caught in a Trap, The Grey Boy and Mallco & Papá, which won the Bologna Ragazzi award in the Disability category. His works have been published in more than 20 countries by publishers such as Gekken and Hachette.


The translation is smooth and the writing clear and straightforward. Children will understand the narrative easily and empathize with Ben. Gusti's watercolors are loose and flowing, similar to those of Chris Raschka. The bright nails stand out from the earth tones of the characters' skin, hair, and clothing. The love between the family is depicted through physical contact, and Ben's smile and rosy cheeks light up the final page, as he flaunts his blue polish while wearing a birthday hat. School Library Journal--School Library Journal
This one's for all the boys who like to paint their nails. A book about acceptance and being true to yourself. 100 Scopenotes--100 Scopenotes
It's perfectly okay--in fact, it seems preferable--to be yourself. This would be a great title to share with youngster to spark some conversations about their own assumptions about gender and gender roles or what they might have done to make Ben feel okay about his colorful nails. Goodreads--Barbara "Goodreads "
A gentle message about bullying with a hopeful note of encouragement and support. Kiss the Book Jr.--Kiss the Book Jr.
Coauthors Acosta (Little Captain Jack) and Amavisca (Bang Bang I Hurt the Moon) keep their focus tight, concentrating on Ben's feelings and the way the boys' taunting torments him ("He felt even sadder than the day his fish went to fishy heaven"). Loose-lined drawings with gently tinted wash by Gusti (Mallko and Dad) underscore the intimacy and loyalty of Ben's family. Publishers Weekly--Publishers Weekly
Large, happy cartoon-like art in warm colors with simple text make this appealing for young audiences. Youth Services Book Review
An original and thoroughly 'kid friendly' picture book for children ages 4-8 that touches on emotions, being yourself, and peaceful solutions to negative confrontation. Midwest Book Review--Midwest Book Review
I Love my Colorful Nails validates children to express themselves as they desire and models being an upstander. - First Thursday Book Reviews
In exuberant illustrations, Gusti uses a strong, playful brown line and warm swathes of color to depict Ben's loving, contemporary family (along with adorable cat), his multiracial classroom and the streets of his city. While the text doesn't tell us how the ending comes about, it still highlights how loving family members, friends and educators can effect change. Shelf Awareness
A young boy who loves to paint his nails in cheerful colors is made fun of at school. His father and those around him paint their nails to stand against Ben's bullies, encouraging him to be himself, despite what others think. This picture book touches on emotions, being yourself, and peaceful solutions to negative confrontation. IndieBound
This picture book offers a very approachable way to talk about gender expectations and how even small expressions of difference are important. Gusti's illustrations are marvelous. Filled with warmth and humor, they celebrate the bright colors of nail polish on each page. A great book about gender nonconforming behavior in children and how a school can be a place of safety. - Waking Brain Cells