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Napi Goes to the Mountain

Written by Antonio Ramirez

Illustrated by Domi

  • 48 Pages
  • 9780888997135
  • 12.810" x 9.310"
  • Reading age from 5 to 8
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Mexico
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance


Publication Date August 06, 2006

When their father disappears, Napi, a young Mazateca girl, and her little brother decide to leave their village to find him. As they set off upriver on a raft, their search assumes a magical quality and becomes a journey of self-discovery. Turtles carry the raft on their backs; the children are transformed into deer; and other animals offer help and advice. Finally, an armadillo gives the children the good news that their father has returned.

This dream-like quest story -- rooted in Mexican native culture -- and the richness of the physical world evoked by Domi's brilliant art imbue this book with a unique and special power all its own.

Selected for the Bank Street College Children's Library Best Children's Books of the Year 2007


Antonio Ramirez
Antonio Ramirez is a writer and gifted artist who lives in Mexico. He is the author of the three titles in the Napi series of picture books.

Domi's wonderful illustrations appear in many children's books, including the Napí titles by Antonio Ramírez; The Night the Moon Fell (La noche que se cayó la luna) and The Race of Toad and Deer (La carrera del sapo y el venado) by Pat Mora; The Girl from Chimel, The Honey Jar and The Secret Legacy by Rigoberta Menchú; and The Story of Colors by Zapatista hero Sub-Comandante Marcos. Domi is Mazateca and grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico.


"...[a] stunning work of art...The big, bold, fantastical illustrations in this book are in earth tones with big splotches of bright colors in the style of Mexican Indian art." Library Media Connection

"...a charming, dazzlingly illustrated story..." Books in Canada

"Artist Domi's paintings will thrill young children." Teaching Tolerance

"Domi's watercolor illustrations are pure magic. She creates an earthy sepia background and uses color only to highlight key elements in the story. These images flow and carry readers down the river's adventurous current all the way to the resolution." Multicultural Review

"The illustrations in this very imaginative book are beautiful watercolours in monochromatic brown with the focal characters in rainbow colours. The illustrations reflect the dream-like quality of the text as we are never sure whether Napi's journey is a dream or not." Resource Links

"The overall sepia tones in the powerful, primitive watercolor paintings make the intense colors in highlighted areas blaze even more brightly...Vivid and unusual." Booklist

"This self-discovery journey reflects the uniqueness and attractiveness of a Mexican native culture in great detail." Childhood Education Magazine