Books by Victor Villaseñor

CRAZY LOCO LOVE by Victor Villaseñor
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Fans won't mind, though everyone else will wish this book had had a firmer editor."
An enthusiastic, undisciplined mess of an autobiography by Mexican American writer Villaseñor (Burro Genius, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The bland, sentimental bilingual text in English and Spanish may appeal to families seeking bedtime books with religious feelings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The author's love letter to his mother, a gentle, repetition of the words of a Latino lullaby, starts off with an image of a young boy too scared to fall asleep and a father remembering his own mother singing a beautiful song about a turtledove to him. Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 2006

"Jara's illustrations are detailed, featuring slightly exaggerated faces and the desert flora and simple adobe dwellings of southern California several decades in the past. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Once again an animal plays a central role in Villaseñor's story, but this time the other characters are human. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Both English and Spanish versions of the story flow smoothly. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In this pourquoi tale, a father tells his son why crows fly away as soon as a human being approaches. Read full book review >
Released: May 31, 2005

"Longer than most picture books, and perhaps too indelicate for read-alouds with younger audiences, this is perfect for second through fifth graders and their sometimes-crude sense of humor. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this amusing, and mildly scatological, pourquoi tale set during the "Spring of Creation," the animals discover a tiny hairless creature they have never seen before—the first human. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 30, 2004

"Villaseñor's attention to Mother Fox's delight in her children and her open awareness that she too is a carnivore make this not only a worthy addition to earlier coyote stories, but also a pointed reminder of the cycle of life in the wild. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Villaseñor, noted author of adult works Rain of Gold and Thirteen Senses turns his hand to folktales for children with this new title. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN SENSES by Victor Villaseñor
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A little of the incessant be-here-now grooviness can go a long way, though readers inclined to New Age sensibilities will find the ever-enthusiastic Villaseñor a pleasant and engaging companion."
Coherence takes a backseat to exuberant, purplish prose in this sprawling saga of a family's life in Mexico and the US, sequel to Rain of Gold (1991). Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1996

"That patience, Villase§or seems to suggest, is the clue to the Mexican people's survival, and his affectionate, tongue-in-cheek look into the past is a pleasure in every respect. (Author tour)"
A rollicking sequel to Rain of Gold (1991), which was likened in these pages to a Latin American Roots. Read full book review >
RAIN OF GOLD by Victor Villaseñor
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"Perhaps not the definitive Hispanic family epic, but an inspiring, fast-paced tale with a simple, fable-like quality that's often surprisingly moving."
A writer of Mexican-American heritage (Jury, 1977) tells the engrossing saga of his family's immigration to, and subsequent life in, California in the wake of the Mexican revolution. Read full book review >