My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero; illustrated by Zeke Pena

My Papi has a MotorcycleMy  Papi has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero; illustrated by Zeke Pena. 2019. Mix of hand-painted watercolor texture. Published by Kokila.

Brief summary: Daisy Ramona loves it when her Papi comes home from work to take his daughter on a motorcycle trip through their neighborhood. Daisy points out all of the highlights injecting many of the Spanish words for those special places in her life. They are disappointed to see that one of their favorite places has gone out of business. They continue waving to neighbors including her grandparents as they head to the job site where her father has been helping to build a new house. They turn to drive back home to find  her brother and Mami are waiting to share a surprise that completes the ride.

Comments: This book is based on the author’s own bike rides with her father when he came home from work, and  they would drove around Corona, California.  The illustrator was able to successfully caption the love and admiration of the daughter towards her father, the colors and characters of the neighborhood, and the fun they had driving around on the motorcycle. Beautifully done!

 

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