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LAKAS AND THE MAKIBAKA HOTEL/SI LAKAS AT ANG MAKIBAKA HOTEL by Anthony D. Robles

LAKAS AND THE MAKIBAKA HOTEL/SI LAKAS AT ANG MAKIBAKA HOTEL

By Anthony D. Robles (Author) , Carl Angel (Illustrator) , Eloisa D. de Jesús (Translator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-89239-213-4
Publisher: Children's Book Press

Lakas, a young Filipino American, befriends several street performers who all live in the Makibaka Hotel. The hotel (a stand-in for a real San Francisco apartment building threatened with closing in 2002) becomes the focus of a musical protest when Lakas organizes the larger-than-life tenants: Tick A. Boom, the hip drummer with the gold tooth, Firefoot, a tap-dancer whose shoes throw off sparks and Fernando, the Karaoke King, an Elvis impersonator. Makibaka is the Tagalog word for struggle, and Robles is making a didactic political statement about solidarity in the fight against gentrification. Whether kids will be interested is the question, but the sugar coating may help. The vivid paintings have a cartoon quality that punches off the page and there are some fun touches: The landlord wears a hat and suit of $1000 bills. (bilingual English-Tagalog text) (Picture book. 6-9)