Book Size: 9.5" x 10"

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623718695

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Edition: 1

Illustrated by: Yayo

Illustrations: Full Color Illustrations

Translator: Alina Ruiz

Ages: 4-7

Release date: November 2020

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The Mysterious Stones

By • Illustrated by Yayo

$ 17.95

“Pérez Díaz’s story has a strong folkloric feel to it, and there are some lovely turns of phrase … The illustrations help shape the feel of magic, with their vibrant colors and patterns and whimsical, surreal touches … The smattering of Spanish and Latinx foods and tropical fruits in the illustrations allow it to take place in many Spanish-speaking locales … Readers with a tolerance for ambiguity will find much to savor.” — Kirkus Reviews

About this book

Kiki is a young boy, growing up in Cuba in a house by the sea. He lives with his uncle and grandmother ever since his father sailed off across the ocean in search of a new life. One night, Kiki dreams about a ghost-like woman in white. He is amazed to encounter her the next day on a nearby beach, the same beach his father sailed off from. She leaves him a mysterious gift of colorful stones that give him newfound hope to be reunited with his father.

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About the authors

Enrique Peréz Díaz writes for children and young adults. He has also been a journalist in radio, television, newspapers, and magazines. Enrique is the recipient of many awards and accolades for his writing. In 2014 he was a jury member for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, the first Cuban to have had such an honor. He is the President of the Cuban Children’s Writers’ Association and the Vice-President of IBBY Cuba. His books include My Ocean and The People of Blue Thoughts, as well as many books published in Spanish.

Yayo is an acclaimed children’s book illustrator. His work has won many awards, including the Charles Biddle Award and the Prix Lux for his illustrations in Night Sky Wheel Ride. Originally from Colombia, he now lives in Montreal.

Reviews

“After dreaming about ‘his papá, who ha[s] sailed away on the open sea,’ young Kiki wakes up to the sound of a mysterious song floating in through his bedroom window. Drawn by the music, Kiki makes his way to the beach to discover a white-haired woman gathering stones, disappearing into the ocean at the sight of him. Kiki runs in to tell his abuela what he saw, prompting her to share her own story of meeting the strange woman as a young girl. Abuela was gifted some stones by the white-haired woman, and she credits them with saving her sick mother. This gets Kiki thinking. Maybe the Lady of the Stones could help him bring his papá home? Pérez Díaz’s story has a strong folkloric feel to it, and there are some lovely turns of phrase: ‘Flying fish, shining with foam, danced on the waves.’ The illustrations help shape the feel of magic, with their vibrant colors and patterns and whimsical, surreal touches. As with the text, the small details are what stand out. Fish on the ends of musical notes, Abuela’s magic rocks on a windowsill, the patterned rocks on the endpapers. Nevertheless, the book simply ends with a message of hope rather than an active resolution. The smattering of Spanish and Latinx foods and tropical fruits in the illustrations allow it to take place in many Spanish-speaking locales. Characters have beige skin. Readers with a tolerance for ambiguity will find much to savor. (Picture book. 4-7)” — Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Yayo is an acclaimed children’s book illustrator. His work has won many awards, including the Charles Biddle Award and the Prix Lux for his illustrations in Night Sky Wheel Ride. Originally from Colombia, he now lives in Montreal.

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