This bilingual picture book biography is so many things it's hard to know where to start. It's a wordless (nearly wordless) book, a celebration of a unique artist, and a joyful fiesta of color and feeling. Rather than a literal interpretation of Kahlo's work, this gem is a distillation of the spirit of Mexico's most beloved painter, rendered in puppets and painted backdrops. Turn the pages slowly and savor each beautiful image. Viva Frida! — Jennifer Armstrong
A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award
Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.
Distinguished author/illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida's life and work in this elegant and fascinating book.
A Neal Porter Book
“In this exploration of the imagery of artist Frida Kahlo, brief two- or three-word sentences provide dreamlike narration, and mixed-media images follow Frida as she discovers and opens a bright yellow wooden chest, releasing a fantasy in which playfulness leads to a knowledge, love, creativity, and ultimately, to her embrace of life.” —BCCB
“Morales artistically distills the essence of the remarkable Frida Kahlo in this esoteric, multigenre picture book.” —Booklist
“*There have been several books for young readers about Frida Kahlo, but none has come close to the emotional aesthetic Morales brings to her subjects . . . an ingenious tour de force.” —The Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW
“This luminescent homage to Frida Kahlo doesn't hew to her artwork's mood but entrances on its own merit . . . Visually radiant.” —Kirkus Reviews
“*Kahlo's unusual life story, background, and art have made her a frequent topic of biographies. Morales's perception of her creative process results in a fresh, winning take on an artist who has rarely been understood . . . Morales's art and O'Meara's photographs take this book to another level.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“STARRED REVIEW Frida is presented less as a historical figure than as an icon who represents the life Morales holds sacred; Frida lives because she loves and creates.” —Publisher's Weekly