Night Stories: Folktales from Latin America: A TOON Graphic

TOON. Jun. 2024. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781662665295.
Gr 5 Up–Fans of spooky tales will enjoy this graphic novel that features three frightful folk tales, including a shape-shifting mermaid, death-bringing witch owl, and a menacing light. Each tale is crafted from Indigenous traditions of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. They are brought to life using a whimsical cartoon style that will engage and encourage children to learn about these rich and dynamic folk tales. Sections detailing each legend—the Iara, La Lechuza, and La Luz Mala—feature plenty of cultural and historical details. The author was spurred to create this narrative nonfiction graphic novel because of the lack of materials focusing on Mexican American lore.
VERDICT A good graphic novel for young people looking to learn about history and culture in an accessible form.

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