Book: Abuela’s Super Capa (2023)
Author: Ana Siqueira
Illustrator: Elisa Chavarri
Genre: Picture Book
Opening Lines of the Book…
Saturdays are superheroe days for Abuela and me. Super hugs! Check. Super shakes! Clink. Super capas! Ready. Let’s save the world!
The illustrations are so colorful. And I love how active Abuela is, at least until she gets sick. (Yes, there’s an illness in this book. But don’t worry, this is not one of those books where we have to say goodbye forever to Abuela. There are some tears and sadness, but not about that.) The ending is particularly heartwarming, involving the Tiny Intruder.
Highly recommend 🙂
BONUS INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR…
Q: This book has a special background to it. Can you tell me about the inspiration?
A: I had been trying to write a story about a grieving boy from Peru and his stuffed penguin. But the story didn’t work until… my mom died. And that’s when in the midst of my grieving, I got inspired by my real life and the beautiful and fun relationship between my mom and my younger son. As a seventy-year-old grandma, my mom would run the house playing superheroes with my son. She even made costumes for them. And TA-DA, my story got unstuck through heartfelt words, sad tears, and happy memories. And I learned my lessons. 1. Get inspired by your own story and experiences. 2. Write the story through children’s eyes and be concrete.
Q: This book went to auction, right? Can you tell me about that experience? How did you pick which publisher to go with?
A: It was at the same time fun and flattering to have three big-5 publishers fighting for your book and at the same time overwhelming. I loved all the visions, editors, and publishers. I got market packets that made my heart thump. I couldn’t make up my mind. But, I decided to go with Luana Horry with HarperCollins because her enthusiasm on the phone infected me with happiness and hope. But the other two editors were also sweet and amazing. Any option would be fabulosa.
Q: What is your favorite line/scene from the book? (without giving away spoilers)
A: I have to say that I love both the line and illustration from when Luis is all by himself, with his big cape and a tear in his eyes thinking: Rest? Until when? When can I have my sidekick back? – I have goosebumps each time I look at this spread. It is so emotional and I can feel Luis’ feelings through art. I can’t thank Elisa enough for this beautiful spread.
Q: The book is about superheroes. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: I think I would love to clone myself so I can have one Ana teacher, one Ana writer, and one Ana Abuela/ Mami/Esposa. Also, teletransportation, so I can go see my family in Seattle, Pensacola, Cuba, and Brasil at any time.
Q: This story is also about a grandparent in the hospital. What’s your best advice for kids who are dealing with sadness?
A: When my grandma in Brazil (Vovó) got sick, my daughter, at that time only three years old, would sit and play, very patiently, with her. So, trying to make your grandparents feel special even considering their limitations can add some light to their lives. And if your Abuelo or Abuela was your sidekick, they will always be. But find other family members to help you go through this tough moment. Connect even more with siblings, parents, family, and friends, and when possible include your super abuelos too.
6) Where can people find out more about you and your books?
A: You can find more about me, my family, and my books at https://anafiction.com/
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12 months to feature 12 picture books…
This picture book review is part of a monthly challenge I’ve set for myself. Have a recommendation for me? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. (Published within the past 3 years, please!). I may just feature your pick one of these months!