Books by James Luna

GROWING UP ON THE PLAYGROUND/NUESTRO PATIO DE RECREO by James Luna
Released: Oct. 31, 2018

"Fails to engage. (Bilingual picture book. 5-8)"
Ana and her friends enjoy the school playground until they outgrow it in the sixth grade. Read full book review >
Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry From California by Kurt Schweigman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2016

"A diverse and illuminating volume of Native American poetry that explores Western migration."
An anthology offers poems by Native Americans with ties to California. Read full book review >
THE PLACE WHERE YOU LIVE / EL LUGAR DONDE VIVES by James Luna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"A lighthearted celebration of a child's sense of place and belonging. (Bilingual picture book. 4-6)"
From enjoying tortillas and hot chocolate with their abuela to finishing a long day in their parents' arms, two siblings explore the place where they live. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2012

"An innocuous Halloween and Day of the Dead book for readers who prefer to skip scarier fare. (Adventure. 8-11)"
In this bilingual book, a young girl finds a surprise upon returning from a trip to Guanajuato, Mexico. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY PIGGY / EL COCHINITO FUGITIVO by James Luna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2010

The runaway cookie in this Mexican bakery is a soft, brown, stubby-tailed piglet as impertinently bold and smug in his continual escape as his Gingerbread Boy cousin. "Chase me! Chase me down the street. But this is one piggy you won't get to eat! / ¡Córrele, córrele! ¡Y Córrele más! ¡Soy el cochinito que jamás comerás!" This bouncy dual refrain extends the familiar cumulative text, rendered in both English and Spanish, as piggy manages to elude Marta the baker, Lorenzo the mechanic, Mamá Nita the beautician, Joaquín the telephone repairman and a host of other neighborhood adults—until he is outsmarted by Rosa, a little girl on her way to school, who foxily "helps him" cross the street. Safely tucked into her backpack, piggy is both a welcome surprise and an excuse for Rosa's lateness to class. Deep opaque acrylic paintings of a colorful barrio and its residents in pursuit add the right amount of cultural flavor to this vivid Latino retelling. Recipe appended. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >