The award-winning duo of author Monica Brown and artist Rafael Lopez hit all the right beats in this vibrant bilingual picture-book biography that portrays the musical and cultural phenomenon of Tito Puente, Mambo King!
Tito Puente’s life was always full of rhythm. Whether he was banging on pots and pans as a child or playing the cha-cha at the Palladium Ballroom, he knew how to get people moving. With a little tap tippy tap tip and a lot of tum tica tom tom, Tito became the center of the Latin jazz explosion, crossing both musical and national borders. With 118 albums and 5 Grammy awards to boast of, the heralded King of Mambo and adored Godfather of Salsa kept generations of listeners swaying to his infectious beat!
The author and illustrator, both recipients of Pura Belpré Awards, are a talented pair. Rafael Lopez’s colorful illustrations make Monica Brown’s inspiring story of the remarkable Tito Puente truly come alive!