The Upside Down Boy / El Niño de Cabeza
Bilingual English/Spanish. The Upside Down Boy is award-winning poet Juan Felipe Herrera's engaging memoir of the year his migrant family settled down so that he could go to school for the first time.
Juanito is bewildered by the new school, and he misses the warmth of country life. Everything he does feels upside down. He eats lunch when it's recess; he goes out to play when it's time for lunch; and his tongue feels like a rock when he tries to speak English. But a sensitive teacher and loving family help him to find his voice and make a place for himself in this new world through poetry, art, and music.
Juan Felipe Herrera's playful language and the colorful, magical art of Elizabeth Gómez capture the universal experience of children entering a new school feeling like strangers in a world that seems upside down-at first.
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"The Upside Down Boy is more than good--it's excellent. It is... a celebration of family, and of the importance of a frank dialogue between parents and children. [Elizabeth Gómez]'s multicolored, fantastical pictures, with their vibrant colors and echoes of Marc Chagall... enrich the text with all kinds of humorous details." -- Newsweek en Español
"Juan Felipe Herrera's story--the product of stream of consciousness recollections from his third grade experience--makes for a warm and vivid children's book... Elizabeth Gómez illustrates with an equal flair for colorful metaphor." -- The Bloomsbury Review