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The Resource Under the mambo moon, Julia Durango ; illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck

Under the mambo moon, Julia Durango ; illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck

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Under the mambo moon
Title
Under the mambo moon
Statement of responsibility
Julia Durango ; illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Contains poems about the different people who stop by Marisol's father's music store on a hot summer night, looking for just the right songs to make their hearts fly home
Tone
Writing style
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ In understated verse, a girl named Marisol explores the role that music plays in her Latino community, introducing the people who visit her father's music store ("Papi says you can/ read people's souls/ by the music/ they listen to"). Grainy grayscale scenes inside the store alternate with kinetic acrylic and colored-pencil tableaus, placed opposite the visitors' monologues. Mr. and Mrs. Mayer strike a sinuous tango pose ("our legs/ swivel and/ turn like/ an electric/ taffy pull"), while Liliana, with "thin shoulders slumped/ under the weight of a full backpack," comes alive when salsa dancing with Rubén: "my troubles leave me/ like a flock of twitchy birds/ flying south for the season." A vivid mingling of poetry, narrative, and art. Ages 8–11. (July) --Staff (Reviewed April 18, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 16, p)
  • Durango's ambitious, inventive poetry collection on Latino music and dance covers an enticing subject but ultimately tries to do too much. During the summer, Marisol helps her father run his music store. This store attracts a plethora of Latino characters, many of whom long for the music of their home countries. Marisol's first-person free-verse poem frames 14 one-page poems, each titled after different characters. The book alternates between Marisol's evening at the store and these other poems, which appear in duos and trios until Marisol's own verse on the title mambo ends the collection. VandenBroeck's illustrations also rotate, from black and white for the frame narrative to color (replete with grinning, rosy-cheeked characters) for the individual poems. The shorter verses vary in style and length, including free verse, rhymed and concrete poems. Musical styles range from mariachi to vallenato, while the dances cover everything from the cha-cha-cha [sic] to the tango. Adding to the wave of characters, musical styles and dances are Spanish words with few, if any, textual clues, although the author does discuss each style briefly at the book's end. While a few poems allude to the tumultuous backgrounds of some of the styles, the author's note glosses over colonization and slavery in Latin American history. Despite a few good poems and the much-needed subject matter, the end result lacks cohesion. (author's note, glossary) (Poetry. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10011557
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Durango, Julia
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
840L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
poetry
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 5
Reading level
4.2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Vanden Broeck, Fabricio
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Music
  • Dance music
  • Dance
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Latin Americans
  • Children's poetry, Latin American
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Hispanic Americans
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Under the mambo moon, Julia Durango ; illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
834946
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781570917233
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2008007255
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781570917233
  • (OCoLC)224440543
Label
Under the mambo moon, Julia Durango ; illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
834946
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781570917233
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2008007255
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781570917233
  • (OCoLC)224440543

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