40 pages, 11.4 × 9 × 0.13 in
August 31, 2010
Cinco Puntos Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1933693622
ISBN - 13: 9781933693620
From the Publisher
"[Children] will respond to Sáenz's elemental warmth and rhythmic storytelling."- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Young readers will enjoy its structure, numbers and playful dreams, while more sophisticated readers-and even adults-will find reasons to return to it again and again."- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Seventy-eight-year-old Octavio Rivera looks forward to the beautiful dreams that visit during his afternoon siesta. If only he could share them with someone. But his brother would think he is getting old. And his friends would think he ate too many gorditas. Oh, but his granddaughter Regina. She will understand!
About the Author
BENJAMIN ALIRE SÁENZ was born in his grandmother's house in Picacho, New Mexico - on the outskirts of Las Cruces, New Mexico where Juliana in Hollywood is set. He was the fourth of seven children and was brought up in a traditional Mexican-American Catholic family. His family spoke mostly Spanish at home, and it was only through his education in the public schools that he learned to speak and write in English. He entered the seminary in 1972, a decision that was as much political as itwas religious: he was heavily influenced by such Catholic thinkers as Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, César Chavez and the Berrigan brothers. After concluding his theological studies at the University of Louvain, he was ordained a Catholic priest. Three and a half years later, he left the priesthood. At the age of 30, he entered the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. He later received a fellowship at the University of Iowa, and in 1988, he received a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship in poetry from Stanford University. In 1993 he returned to the border to teach in the Bilingual MFA program at the University of Texas at El Paso. His most recent book of poetry, Elegies in Blue, was published by Cinco Puntos Press in 2002. This is his first book for young adults.