Carlos Gomez Freestyles . . . Heavy on the Style Trade Book (Hardcover)

Written By & Illustrated by Chuck Gonzales
Critically Reviewed
Award Winner

Carlos Gomez knows all about not fitting in. As a member of the only Mexican American family in town, he’s used to being the odd one out. A lisp, a penchant for girl glamor, and being picked on by the class bully don’t help, either. But now there’s a talent show coming up, and Carlos is performing with the BMX stunt team. He’s ready to wow the crowd with his special, freestyling flair. What could possibly go wrong?

  1. Hardcover
    Price $15.95
SKU WW-NL6035
ISBN 9781478874126
Series Reycraft Books
Number Level 50
SKU WW-NL6035
ISBN 9781478874126
Series Reycraft Books
Number Level 50
Letter Level T
Genre Graphic Story
Language English
Theme Growing and Changing
BISAC Subject Headings Juvenile Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Juvenile Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Price $15.95
Awards

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

2021 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Honor

Author & Illustrator

Chuck Gonzalez

Chuck Gonzales is a LatinX writer and illustrator who spent his childhood in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He now lives in New York City with his husband Michael and has illustrated several graphic novels.

Reviews

Carlos Gomez is a gender-nonconforming Latinx kid with a lisp in seemingly all-white, straight-laced Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While he’s bullied at school and his family experiences micro-aggressions in the community, Carlos retains a hopeful spirit and strong desire to find his own style. When a community talent show leads Carlos to team up with new kid RJ to showcase BMX skills, Carlos just might find the opportunity to reveal his colorful and spectacular true self. The story is semi-autobiographical, with creator Chuck Gonzales describing it as “the Hollywoodized version of my childhood I wished for.” The artwork is colorful and expressive with fun chapter title pages that exhibit the main character’s own art on unique media, like envelopes and notebook paper. This is a story about a supportive family, a community that can change, and a boy who proclaims his pride.


--2021 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Honor

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