Today, we're excited to host the cover reveal of Gato Guapo, an all-new picture book coming in 2023 from not one, but TWO Musas, Anika Aldamuy Denise and Zara González Hoang!
Here’s a blurb from HarperCollins about the book:
Find out what dapper feline Gato Guapo’s nine naughty gatitos are up to in this hilarious cumulative romp told in a lyrical blend of Spanish and English by Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Anika Aldamuy Denise and celebrated illustrator Zara Gonzalez Hoang!
Let’s countdown from nine (one for each gatito!) and reveal the cover:
Aw, what a handsome cat—and cover!
In Anika’s words. . .
“I could not have been more excited to pair up with Zara on this project! Her debut picture book, A New Kind of Wild, is one of my all-time favorites. When I saw the finished cover for Gato Guapo, I literally grabbed my laptop, jumped up from my chair, and ran to show my husband who is also an illustrator (and a big fan of Zara’s work!). Zara’s brought so much depth and humor to the spreads. It’s one of those books that invites multiple readings because every time you flip through, you discover something new and hilarious in the art. I also love that Zara illustrated Guapo as an orange tabby cat, because our family’s orange tabby, Charlie, was the inspiration for the book.
And yes, él es muuuy guapo.”
On-sale date: February 28, 2023
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Anika Aldamuy Denise is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction picture books. Her book Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré won a Pura Belpré Author Honor, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor, and the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award. Anika draws inspiration for her stories from her multicultural upbringing, family, and her cuddly orange tabby, Charlie—who will surely be impossible to live with once the book is released and he becomes a minor pet celebrity. You can follow Charlie on Instagram @TheGatoGuapo. And you can find Charlie’s human (Anika) online, too.
Zara González Hoang is an obsessive scribbler, daydreamer, and doodler. She grew up in a house full of stories, where imagination was encouraged and one could never be sure what was truth and what was fiction. In addition to illustrating Gato Guapo, she is the author and illustrator of A New Kind of Wild and the illustrator of Mi Casa is My Home. She lives outside of DC in a magical suburban forest with her Mad Man husband, human-shaped demons, curly coated corgi, and a jungle of plants.
IG & Twitter @zarprey
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