Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras-skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities-came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe's, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity.
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by Duncan Tonatiuh
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"Narrator Armanda Duran's friendly style is ideal for this award-winning nonfiction gem. Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) was a bold political satirist before he created his famous CALAVERAS, humorous skeletons playing guitar, riding bikes, dancing, etc. Duran energetically tells the story of Posada's life and art, accompanied by the sounds of lively Mexican music and rousing sound effects such as bicycle bells and storms. Spanish words and their translations add further local color. In addition to recounting Posada's life story, including his participation in the Mexican Revolution, Duran explains Posada's artistic techniques and adds possible interpretations of his work. Descriptions of the Day of the Dead are presented lightheartedly so as to amuse and not frighten young children. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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