Tito Puente Mambo King/Rey del Mambo


Tito Puente: Mambo King/Tito Puente: Rey del Mambo – hardcover (2013)
Bilingual Spanish-English
Written by Monica Brown
Illustrated by Rafael López

32 pages
Trim size: 10″ x 10″
Recommended ages: 4 to 8
Reading Level: AD620L

Available on backorder


Tito Puente Mambo King/Rey del Mambo is vibrant bilingual picture book biography of legendary musician Tito Puente. Readers will dance along to the beat of this mambo king’s life. Tito Puente loved banging pots and pans as a child, but what he really dreamed of was having his own band one day. From Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards—and all the beats in between—this is the true life story of a boy whose passion for music turned him into the “King of Mambo.”

Award-winning author-illustrator duo Monica Brown and Rafael López bring the remarkable story of this talented legend to life in this Pura Belpré Honor Book. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

“My father was an inspiration to many generations of Latin music fans worldwide. This book is a testament to that. Now his name and likeness will reach a brand new group of young fans who will discover his genius and talent.” -Tito Puente Jr.

“Brown and Lopez collaborate in this energetic bilingual tribute to salsa drummer and band leader extraordinaire. Lopez’s pictures convey salsa’s rhythmic exuberance via a riotous palette. A vibrant, reverent celebration of the godfather of salsa.” -Kirkus Reviews

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Weight .95 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × .4 in
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