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About the Author
Juan Herrera is an acclaimed poet and children's book author. His first children's book, Calling the Doves, won the prestigious Ezra Jack Keats Award, and another book, The Upside Down Boy, was made into a musical for young audiences in 2004. He teaches at California State University, Fresno.
Elizabeth Gómez is an internationally exhibited painter, widely acclaimed for her brilliant use of color and fantastical imagery. Her artwork for The Upside Down Boy by Juan Felipe Herrera was praised for its "delightful humor" and "colorful metaphor." A native of Mexico City, she now lives in Redwood City, California, with her husband and children.
"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