Personal Born in Mexico City, Mexico. Education: Parsons School of Design, B.F.A. (integrated design); Eugene Lange College, B.A. Addresses Home—San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. E-mail— duncansito @ Career Author and illustrator. Activist on behalf of worker's rights. Awards, Honors Tbilisi International Festival Grand Prize for Best Project, 2010, for Journey of a Mixteco; Chicago Public Library Best of the Best selection, Notable Children's Book selection, Association of Library Service to Chil¬ dren, and Pura Belpré Award honorable mention, all 2010, and Notable Book for a Global Society listee, and Américas Award Commended selection, both 2011, all for Dear Primo. Writings Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, Abrams Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2010. Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, Abrams Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2011. Author and illustrator of "Journey of a Mixteco" (seri¬ alized story), posted on Illustrator for books published by ST-Editorial, Mexico. Sidelights Duncan Tonatiuh grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the son of a Mexican mother and an American father. After age sixteen, he received his education in the United States, where his studies at a Massachusetts boarding school inspired him to pursue a career in art. Tonatiuh earned his B.F.A. at Manhattan's prestigious Parsons School of Design while also earning a joint bachelor's degree at Eugene Lang College. His senior project, the five-part sequential-art story "Journey of a Mixteco," earned the talented student an award for best thesis and was eventually published online. The work also attracted the attention of an editor at Abrains Books for Young Readers, who saw the potential of Tonatiuh's unique illustration style and awarded him a contract for Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin. Dear Primo showcases Tonatiuh's stylized images, which are inspired by the work of Mixtee and other an¬ cient Mexican civilizations. The book tells the story of two cousins who live in different cultures. While Char¬ lie lives in New York City, Carlitos makes his home in rural Mexico, where his family owns a farm. The letters between the two boys illustrate both the similarities and differences in their daily lives, from going to school and playing with friends to what they eat, how they cel¬ ebrate holidays, and how each of their families spends its time. Featuring a bilingual English-Spanish text, Dear Primo also showcases the author/illustrator's "clever use of colors" as he contrasts the "Mayan blue and Indian red" of Carlitos's world with "bright colors for the U.S. urban scenes" that are familiar to Charlie. Tonatiuh's "writing is simple yet peppered with imag¬ ery that enhances it significantly," wrote Grace Oliff in School Library Journal, while his artwork "accurately reflects [Mesoamerica's ancient] Mixtee tradition." Also praising Tonatiuh's debut picture book, a Publishers Weekly critic dubbed Dear Primo "a subtly reflective story about friendship and commonalities," while An¬ drew Medlar wrote in Booklist that it "reinforces the sense that kids around the world are more alike than different." Tonatiuh's second book, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, mixes a biography of the noted twentieth-century Mexican muralist with thought-provoking questions re¬ garding the nature of artistic inspiration. If Rivera was alive today, what would his murals depict?, wonders the author, thereby "establishing a link [with] . . . modern readers" and defining "art" as "both aspiration and ac¬ tion," according to a Kirkus Reviews writer. Praising the biography for adopting an "inspired approach that com¬ bines child appeal, cultural anthropology, and art his¬ tory," Wendy Lukehart added in her School Library Journal review of Diego Rivera that the book's illustra¬ tions feature "scenes both thoughtful and humorous." Biographical and Critical Sources PERIODICALS Booklist, February 1, 2010, Andrew Medlar, review of Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin, p. 48. Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2010, review of Dear Primo; May 1, 2011, review of Diego Rivera: His World and Ours. Publishers Weekly, March 15, 2010, review oí Dear Primo, p. 52. School Librarian, summer, 2010, Lucinda Jacob, review of Dear Primo, p. 94. School Library Journal, March, 2010, Grace Oliff, review of Dear Primo, p. 134; April, 2011, Wendy Lukehart, review of Diego Rivera, p. 165. ONLINE Duncan Tonatiuh Home Page, http://www.duncantonatiuh. com (May 2, 2011). Duncan Tonatiuh Web log, http://duncantonatiuh. (June 25, 2011). Parsons School of Design Web site, http://www.newschool. edu/parsons/ (June 25, 2011), "Duncan Tonatiuh Smith." Top Shelf Comix Web site, (June 25, 2011), "Duncan Tonatiuh."