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About the Author
Lucky Diaz is a bilingual, songwriting, taco-eating, multi-Latin Grammy Award-winning, Grammy-nominated and six-time Emmy-nominated musician, children's television personality, and author. His work has been praised by NPR, Billboard, People, and the New York Times. He is a Parent's Choice Gold Award and NAPPA Award winner. In 2020, his album Buenos Diaz was named an official selection of notable works for children by the American Library Association. Lucky's debut picture book, Paletero Man, has been celebrated with starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and ALA Booklist. He currently lives in a house on a hill in Los Angeles with his wife, Alisha; daughter, Indiana; and their dog, Django. luckydiazmusic.com
Micah Player began his career designing and illustrating for Paul Frank Industries in Southern California. He is the author of Chloe, Instead and the illustrator of several books and games for children, including Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz. He lives in a little house beneath a giant tree in the Utah mountains, with a lovely schoolteacher named Stephanie. They are the parents of two rad kids, one Yorkshire terrier, and several Casio keyboards. micahplayer.com.
The unifying lure of paleta love underscores the joys all people--regardless of differences--have in common. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Filled with life and joy, this story is an upbeat, multi-sensory experience that honors the breadth and harmony of multiculturalism in Diaz's LA hometown.
-- School Library Journal (starred review)
A wonderfully executed treat of a book with a sweet community focus. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Depicts wonderful examples of kindness, community, and delicious paletas." -- Booklist (starred review)
Diaz's story in verse, with its chantable refrain and kid-sized dollop of tension, is a paean to Eighth Street Los Angeles food culture. Whether it's sourced from a street cart, a taqueria freezer, or the library's back room refrigerator, we all know what the storytime treat will be. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Paletero Man is a celebration of a culturally specific experience - but the juicy and colorful world inside makes this story accessible and welcoming for all readers. -- Tori Kerr of SiriusXM Kids Place Live
[A] homage to Mexican culture--both in Mexico and in the U.S. The story is as delightful as a juicy paleta de horchata or melón, and highly recommended. -- De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children
[A] unique and entertaining children's picture book...especially recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections. -- Midwest Book Review