Diaz, Junot (Author) & Espinosa, Leo (Artist/Illustrator). ISLANDBORN. New York City, NY: Penguin Books, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 50 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's and artist's debut children's book. One of the most beautiful children's books ever published in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Penguin Books: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Text by Junot Diaz. Art by Leo Espinosa. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Junot Diaz's and Leo Espinosa's "Islandborn". A glorious text-cum-image children's book for all ages. "When Ms. Obi asks her students to draw a picture of the country they are originally from, the children are excited. All except for Lola, who asks, 'What if you left before you could start remembering? '. As Lola talks to some of her neighbors from the Island to draw from their memories, she learns of bats as big as blankets, a love of music and dancing, coconut water and sweet mangoes. An island where 'even the people are like a rainbow, every shade ever made'. With a place so beautiful, Lola wonders, why did people leave? Mr. Mir tells her of a Monster that fell upon their Island and did as he pleased for 30 years. Though never mentioned by name, the country in question is the Dominican Republic. The Monster is dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Lola learns from her assignment that 'just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you'. Espinosa's vibrant art portrays a thriving community living under the shadow of the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan. As Lola learns more about her Island, the illustrations incorporate a plethora of tropical plants and color, bringing to life both Lola's neighborhood and La Isla. A sensitive and beautiful story of culture, identity, and belonging" (Library Journal). An absolute "must-have" title for Junot Diaz and Leo Espinosa collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (on the day of publication) in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "Junot Diaz 3.13.18". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as copies available online are. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed and publication-day dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao". Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of the "Twenty Writers For The 21st Century". Two of the most brilliant writers and artists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JUNOT DIAZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0735229864. $60.00

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