Lupe Lopez: Rock Star Rules!
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and Pat Zietlow Miller, Authors
Joe Cepeda, Illustrator
Candlewick Press, Fiction, Jun. 28, 2022
Spanish Edition Available: Lupe Lopez: Reglas de una estrella de rock
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes: Kindergarten, Rules, Being true to yourself, Latino
Opening: “Lupe Lopez had big plans for the first day of kindergarten. And now, she was a real-life, Texas-size rock star. As anyone could see.”
When a sassy drummer starts kindergarten, the rules of school cramp her style. What’s a young rock star to do?
When Lupe Lopez struts through the doors of Hector P. Garcia Elementary in sunglasses with two taped-up Number 2 pencils—drumsticks, of course—poking from her pocket, her confidence is off the charts. All day, Lupe drums on desks, tables, and chairs while Ms. Quintanilla reminds her of school rules.
Lupe has her own rules: 1) Don’t listen to anyone. 2) Make lots of noise. ¡Rataplán! 3) Have fans, not friends. But with her new teacher less than star struck, and fans hard to come by, Lupe wonders if having friends is such a bad idea after all. Can it be that true star power means knowing when to share the spotlight?
Why I like Lupe Lopez:
What a unique and energetic story about a Latino girl entering Kindergarten. She’s full of self-confidence and ready to “rock” her first day at school. The illustrations are lively and expressive. The spare text is peppered with many Spanish words and onomatopoeia about drumbeats. A lot of fun action packed into this story. There is also a Spanish edition. Great collaboration between e. E. Charlton-Trujillo and Pat Zietlow Miller and Joe Cepeda!
I believe kids love quirky and mischievous characters who stand out and dare to push boundaries — especially at school. Read at the beginning of the school year, this story will lend itself to many interesting discussions. It’s also a story about learning to adjust to school, following new rules and not losing yourself. Great ending!
Resources: Ask children if they have a rock star hidden inside them, and if so what form does it take (athlete, musician, inventor, superhero, astronaut etc)? Have them draw a picture of their own inner rock star.
e.E. Charlton-Tujillo is a Mexican American filmmaker, youth literacy activist, and author of several books for teens, most notably the award-winning young-adult novel Fat Angie and its sequels, Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution and Fat Angie: Homecoming. Lupe Lopez is his first picture book and “embodies not only his childhood but also the rock star in all of us.” They live in California.
Pat Zietlow Miller is the author of the New York Times best-selling Be Kind, My Brother the Duck, and other books for young readers. About Lupe Lopez: “I was the rule follower in kindergarten.” She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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*Reviewed from a library copy.