Esquivel’s Out of This World!

A playful picture-book biography of the father of space-age lounge music!


“A beautiful addition to music biography collections for upper elementary students.” School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“Incorporates enough sound effects to make Esquivel proud.” Booklist

A self-taught Mexican composer, arranger, bandleader, and pianist, Juan García Esquivel was a pioneer in the use of stereo sound in the 1950s and '60s. Juan's music is quirky, fun, and truly out of this world, with unusual instrumentation and unorthodox vocal textures and effects. Juan was a true musical innovator, using sound and stereo as his musical palette.

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist was written by Susan Wood. Artist Duncan Tonatiuh created the book's illustrations using his award-winning style based on ancient Mexican art. 

Check out Esquivel’s crazy-cool sound right here! It’s out of this world!

“A lively introduction to a somewhat obscure and profoundly innovative musical figure.” Kirkus Reviews

“As Wood and Tonatiuh demonstrate in this picture-book biography, being part of Juan Garcia Esquivel fandom could be insanely cool.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Through this book, the reader discovers the true power of music… A must-read." —Nerdy Book Club

© Susan Wood 2016