What Are You Doing?
Written by Elisa Amado
Illustrated by Manuel Monroy
Publication Date April 02, 2011
It's the first day of school, but before he goes Chepito runs outside to play. He comes across all kinds of people in his neighborhood -- a man reading a newspaper, a young girl enjoying a comic, a couple of tourists consulting a guidebook, an archeologist studying hieroglyphics . . .
"Why, why, why?" he sings, and they each have an answer for him. Later that day Chepito discovers for himself that reading is catching, and he even brings home a book to read to his younger sister.
Set in a delightfully retro world by illustrator Manuel Monroy, this book is a true celebration of reading.
Selected for the Toronto Public Library First and Best 2011 2011
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written Un barrilete para el Día de los muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead, Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her most recent books are What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?. Elisa lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most accomplished illustrators. He has won many awards, including the A la Orilla del Viento and the Noma Concours Encouragement prizes and a Gold World Medal for Art Direction at the New York Film Festival. His work has also been included on the IBBY Honour List and in the White Ravens Catalogue. Manuel has recently illustrated What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That? by Elisa Amado, published in Canada and the US. He has exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands.
"...captures some of the initial excitement of emergent literacy against a setting too-little seen in North American children's books." Kirkus Reviews
"...an inspirational example for emergent readers....Highly recommended." CM Magazine
"This is learning by chatting, in a society in which strangers are not dangers but fascinating resources and friends." Quill & Quire
"...a thoughtful offering for soon-to-be literates that just may get them thinking about the power of reading." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"...a pleasurable, rhythmic read..." Booklist
"...captures the celebration of the printed page as seen through the eyes of a child who has just awakened to its magical possibilities." Canadian Children's Book News
"a book that should find a place of importance in school classrooms, home libraries and on your gift list for little ones." Sal's Fiction Addiction
"...the perfect book..." The Mid West Book Review
"...simple yet powerful..." Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews
"... this book charmed me utterly." Kid Tested, Librarian Approved