Culture articles


Book Review: Young boy faces down el cucuy to discover his own bravery

Book Review: Young boy faces down el cucuy to discover his own bravery

By Martha Rico LatinaLista In the tale,The Cucuy Stole my Cascarones/ El Coco me robo los cascarones, by Spelile Rivas, the author taps two well-known cultural elements — cascarones and el cucuy — to produce an enjoyable bilingual tale. The story is about a young boy named Roberto who must be brave and find out


Round-up of Latino children’s literature top book lists for 2013

LatinaLista — Latino children’s literature is steadily attracting attention. Unfortunately, it’s not enough attention to warrant being included on some of the more prestigious top book lists. So, as in the past, whenever it was noticed there was a failure to recognize Latino talent, others stepped in to address the deficiency; children’s literature is no


Video: Latino-themed superhero comic series, Aztec of the City, rises to new heights in latest volume

LatinaLista — What happens when two Mexican-American primos in San Jose, California become Latino superheroes? They are the stars of their own comic book series! Aztec of the City follows the brave exploits of the two cousins as they defend and protect their city from evil forces in the year 2019. A bi-national effort, the

DUNCAN TONATIUH Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh, illustrator of "Diego Rivera: His World and Ours," the 2012 winner of the Pura Belpre Illustrator Award, with some of his work in his home in Colonia La Lejona, San Miguel de Allende. The award, which honors La

Video: Latino children’s illustrator draws on hard issues to create charming stories

LatinaLista — With a name like Duncan Tonatiuh, it’s understandable if there’s some confusion over his background. Yet, one glimpse at any of the picture books he has authored and illustrated leaves no doubt as to the cultural pride he has in his Mexican roots. Tonatiuh grew up in San Miguel de Allende, the son


Viernes Video: New film puts twist on assassinations by showing the dark side of ‘La Guapa’

LatinaLista — Stories about hit-”men” are all too common and do little to create any buzz for a new film banking on violence and trite storylines to bring in viewers. But add even just a small twist to a standard plot and it not only generates buzz but has the potential to go viral! Not