Across the Bay (Hardcover)
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Through rich illustrations and a heartfelt story, Carlos Aponte takes readers young and old on a journey to and around Puerto Rico which beautifully illustrates the culture of the island. Though he loves his small town and his mother and grandmother, Carlitos can't help but wonder about his father-- and one day, he sets off alone across the bay to San Juan to try and find him. Aponte's story feels honest without being too dark, making the story appropriate even for young children. His use of bright colors and imaginative compositions truly brings Puerto Rico to life. Highly recommended!— From Jen's Picks
RECIPIENT OF THE PURA BELPRÉ ILLUSTRATOR HONOR
Author-illustrator Carlos Aponte takes readers on a journey to the heart of Puerto Rico in this enchanting picture book set in Old San Juan.
"A lively and honest story about filling voids and exploring what defines a family--as well as a love letter to a childhood home."--Horn Book
Carlitos lives in a happy home with his mother, his abuela, and Coco the cat. Life in his hometown is cozy as can be, but the call of the capital city pulls Carlitos across the bay in search of his father. Jolly piragüeros, mischievous cats, and costumed musicians color this tale of love, family, and the true meaning of home.
About the Author
Carlos Aponte is an artist, designer, and author-illustrator of the children's book A Season to Bee. His fashion illustrations, inspired by the great Antonio Lopez and Jack Potter, have been featured in Laird Borelli's Fashion Illustration Next, Bil Donovan's Advanced Fashion Drawing, Tony Glenville's The New Icons of Fashion Illustration, and Richard Kilroy's Menswear Illustration. Carlos is a faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He lives in Jersey City with his partner, Christopher, and a French pointer named Rex.