Books by Brian Meunier

BRAVO, TAVO! by Brian Meunier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

There's more than basketball to this charming story set in Mexico. Young Gustavo (Tavo) lives to play the game, even though he has a hard time in his falling-apart sneakers. When his father enlists his help in revitalizing the old irrigation ditches during a summer of drought, Tavo sadly has little time to play. The hard work of ditch digging, however, does bring water from the mountains to the parched fields, and salvages both the corn crop and his father's reputation. Tavo loses his shoes, now in pieces, in the swiftly flowing water, effectively ending his basketball playing. However, a kind deed to an old woman we never see (a bruja—witch—perhaps?) results in the recovery of the shoes, now refurbished and infused with mysterious energy. Gloriously quilted (a future fashion trend?), the dazzling shoes and the muscle Tavo has acquired digging the ditches give his basketball game new power. The colorful, impressionistic illustrations are full of movement and feeling. Bravo, Tavo, indeed. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
PIPIOLO AND THE ROOF DOGS by Brian Meunier
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

In a lively tale tinged with magical realism, a small Mexican town becomes the scene of a most unusual act of liberation. The dogs of San Pablo Etla are all confined to the flat roofs of the houses as watchdogs. All but young Lupe's Pipiolo. Wondering why Pipiolo is so weary during the day, Lupe follows him one night, and is astonished to discover him sneaking off to watch old Westerns on the town's one TV. Even more amazing, she sees her dog, inspired by a feat of John Wayne's, engineer a dramatic escape for the roof dogs by wordlessly persuading them to jump onto a passing delivery truck, then leading them into the cornfields. Mystified, the townsfolk declare it un milagro. Edgerton depicts happy faces of dog and child shining up invitingly from the cover, while inside using sweeping lines, stylized forms and twilit street scenes to convey the proper anything-is-possible air. By the end, even readers disinclined to search this multileveled debut for hidden messages will be echoing Lupe's fondness for her canine hero. (Picture book. 7-9)Read full book review >