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Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush

School Library Journal

In the small town of Rosario, alongside the crumbling cathedral and the dusty walls, are cryptic messages painted by Mr. Mendoza, self-proclaimed “graffiti king of all Mexico.” A teen tells fantastic legends of the town, connecting them with the man’s words. Mendoza himself is a legend; is he real or imagined? Immortal or human? There’s nothing his paintbrush hasn’t touched, from a dead monk to a peeping Tom. He paints the town’s ugly truths, angering and intriguing residents. The richly colored artwork captures the town and its citizens in bold black lines filled with the heat and magic of Mexico. The quiet, lyrical text tells of urban legends and teenage lust tempered by guilt, and it’s beautifully woven into the graphics. This slim book can fit into any collection serving older teens.–Sadie Mattox, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
- Sadie Mattox, July 1, 2010 

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