Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Latino Author reviews Francisco’s Kites

It’s always great to get a positive review of our books. This one just came out on The Latino Author website:

 Francisco’s Kites


Francisco’s Kites – Las cometas de Francisco

By Alicia Z. Klepeis, Illustrations by Gary Undercuffler, Translation by Gabriela Baeza Ventura

Publisher: Piñata Books – Arte Público Press, Houston, Texas

This children’s book excellently captures the mood of a young boy who is missing his friends left behind in El Salvador. He is wishing he had a kite, but his mom can’t afford to buy him one. He decides to make one.

This decision takes him on a journey that is fun, exciting, and intriguing not to mention inventive and filled with ingenuity. You have to read the story to see what happens next, but I guarantee that your child will enjoy Francisco’s story.

This tale is a testament to what a child can do when they have that creative gene working. The book is written for children between the ages of 4 to 8, and it’s almost a guarantee that your child will want to build a kite once he or she reads this book. The story is cleverly done to provide entertainment and knowledge at the same time. Your child will learn how to be creative, how to be resourceful, how to be inventive, and get exposure to another language.

The illustrations are created with much thought in mind and it shows. In addition to the main plot, the author has interjected things from the Salvadoran culture so that it enhances the story and makes it more interesting. What a good way for a child to learn about a new culture!

Because the book is bilingual is an added plus. This is another great teaching tool for a parent or teacher.

Source: Book was provided by author for review. It was reviewed by Corina Martinez Chaudhry.

You Never Know…

One of the best things about being a kids’ writer is that you are always learning new things. In the past year alone, I have researched and written nonfiction books about ogre-faced spiders, assassin bugs, goblin mythology, bizarre medical practices through history and many other topics. I’ve also written about Moses and Pythagoras. Artwork throughout the ages related to these topics was fantastic!

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Ogre-faced Spider

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One of the great things about researching for my World Adventures fiction books was the armchair travel travel I did to Italy, India, and Egypt. It was tough not to stuff my face with pasta as I researched cooking schools in Tuscany. And I’ve definitely added many new destinations to my bucket list!

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Cooking School in Tuscany

I’ve just turned in two manuscripts related to zombies in the natural world. The research was disgusting at times…but I definitely learned a lot. Next up, a project on South Dakota. More wanderlust is bound to be filling my head!