Books by Tim O'Meara

VIVA FRIDA by Yuyi Morales
by Yuyi Morales, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, photographed by Tim O'Meara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Out of context, visually radiant; as an introduction to Kahlo herself, almost irrelevant.(Picture book. 3-6)"
This luminescent homage to Frida Kahlo doesn't hew to her artwork's mood but entrances on its own merit. Read full book review >
MY ABUELITA by Tony Johnston
by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, photographed by Tim O'Meara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

A Mexican-flavored story of a small child who lives with a lovely and extravagant grandmother. He calls her "Abuelita," the affectionate word that Spanish-speaking children and children of Hispanic origin use to name their grandmas. The attentive child expresses a genuine admiration for his Abuelita's job, describing her daily rituals to get ready to work: The child and Abuelita's cat (Frida Kahlo) follow her while she takes a shower, prepares breakfast, exercises her voice and dons (after a reminder) a special gown. Then, after besitos for Frida Kahlo, they leave in an old car, a "carcacha," full of the unusual objects she needs to perform her work: a sun, a moon, a skeleton, a king and a queen. The digital photographs of Morales's unique polymer-clay sculptures, surrounded by elements and colors distinctive of traditional Mexican crafts, create a surrealistic atmosphere that transforms the locations where this story take place—a humble home and a school—into fantastic places. Children and adults, especially those who love listening and telling stories, will be thrilled to discover Abuelita's enchanting profession. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >