Ages 4 to 9
Illustrations copyright 2000 by Joe Cepeda
What can you do with
a boy who tries to do things right but only leaves disaster in his wake?
what! Readers everywhere will
love to laugh at the hilarious antics of the ever-blundering Juan Bobo,
Puerto Rico's most celebrated folk character.
In this rollicking
Juan Bobo tale, our hero sets out to find work at the farm and the
grocery. Although the tasks
are simple and the directions couldn't be clearer, he always finds a way
to bungle things up as only a character whose name means "Simple
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Cepeda is the best-selling
illustrator of Nappy Hair, by
the Carolivia Herron (Knopf); What A
Truly Cool World, by Julius Lester (Scholastic); The Old Man And His Door, by Gary Soto (Putnam).
Inspiration for his artwork came from his three-year-old son, who
sometimes resembles Juan Bobo, and from the illustrator's own
scatterbrained tendencies. He,
his wife, and their son live in Southern California.
was presented with the ALA's 2002 Pura Belpré Honor Book Award for
illustration for his artwork in Juan Bobo Goes to Work.
||The Pura Belpré Award,
established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and
illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino
cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children
and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to
Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA)
and the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish
Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA
Affiliate. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina
librarian from the New York Public Library. As a children's librarian,
storyteller, and author, she enriched the lives of Puerto Rican children
in the U.S.A. through her pioneering work of preserving and
disseminating Puerto Rican folklore. The awards are given biennially.