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Eric Velasquez



Elizabeth Rosario

Eric Velasquez's awards include the John Steptoe/Coretta Scott King Award for new talent, a Pura Belpré Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Carter G. Woodson Award. For Holiday House, he both wrote and illustrated "Looking for Bongo," and he illustrated "Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story" by Patricia C. McKissack and "New Shoes" by Susan Lynn Meyer. The son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents who encouraged music and storytelling, Velasquez grew up in Spanish Harlem, New York. As a child, he loved superheroes, comics and drawing, much like the boy in "Octopus Stew," his latest book. He teaches illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology and lives in New York.

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Books:
Octopus Stew
Children / Teens
Holiday House
September 2019
ISBN 9780823437542
40 pages
$17.99, INSTOCK
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Ramsey dons his superhero cape to rescue Grandma from the huge octopus she is trying to cook--or is he simply telling a story? Includes author's note on the story's origin and a recipe for Octopus stew.

Looking for Bongo
Children / Teens
Holiday House
January 2017
ISBN 9780823437672
32 pages
$7.99, INSTOCK
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Oh no! A boy's beloved stuffed toy, Bongo, is missing. No one can help him. When he asks his abuela where Bongo is, she answers, "Yo no sé. More/less

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