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Little Chanclas

New York Times

Who doesn’t know a child like little Lily Luján? She refuses to take off a pair of old flip-flops – chanclas – that are not only beat-up, they make a sound that annoys everyone. She simply will not be tempted by offers of fancy new shoes, and when her chanclas break, she is inconsolable. When her mother won’t let her go out barefoot, Lily refuses to leave the house until her kind Granny Lola arrives with a new pair. (Years later, we learn in a final spread, Lily has traded her chanclas for soccer cleats, which make an irritating sound all their own.) The Los Angeles-based Lozano’s softly exuberant, painterly images of a Mexican-American neighborhood seem to have in their DNA large-scale street murals, Mexican comic books and trading cards. They help Lily’s story leap playfully from the page like some sweet, hip fable. Spanish translations by Lozano appear underneath or alongside the English text. He includes onomatopoeic sounds that may have English speakers scanning the Spanish, wondering how the “slippity-slappety” sound of Lily’s chanclas can be made in Spanish. The answer is as delightful as everything else about this book: “flipitín-flipitón.”
- September 23, 2015  Visit Website

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