Yuyi Morales' superbly illustrated picture book is a delight for both children and adults. Using a mix of exquisitely crafted models and beautiful, delicate illustration, Morales illuminates the essence of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Treading lightly over the more painful aspects of Kahlo's life, it opens the door to a vision of her inner emotional world as an artist. Playful, exuberant, and wonderfully detailed, this book reveals more details each time you look.
A Youtube video of the making of the book shows Morales' painstaking techniques:
2015 Caldecott Honor Book 2015 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award
Viva Frida Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales; photography by Tim O'Meara Roaring Brook Press 2014