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Pedro Martin (1) (1967–)

Forfatter af Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir

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Værker af Pedro Martin

Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir (2023) — Forfatter — 149 eksemplarer
Parker Picks (2002) — Illustrator — 15 eksemplarer
FCBD 2023: Mexikid – A Graphic Memoir — Forfatter — 1 eksemplar

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Kanonisk navn
Martin, Pedro
Andre navne
Martín, Pedro
Martín, Pedro "Peter"
Kort biografi
Cartoonist and illustrator, former employee of Hallmark.



Martín brings his successful Mexikid Stories online comic series to print.

Living in California’s Central Coast as a first-generation Mexican American, Pedro (or the “American-style” Peter) struggles to find his place. As an American kid growing up in the 1970s, he loves Star Wars and Happy Days but dislikes the way his five oldest siblings, who were born in Mexico, make him feel less Mexican just because he and the three other younger siblings were born after his parents immigrated to the U.S. to work picking strawberries. A family trip to Jalisco to bring their abuelito back to California to live with them presents Pedro with an opportunity to get in touch with his roots and learn more about the places his family calls home. Told from Pedro’s perspective, the panels read as a stream-of-consciousness travelogue as he regales readers with his adventures from the road. Along the way, Pedro has fresh encounters with Mexican culture and experiences some unexpected side quests. Full of humor, heart, and a decent amount of gross-out moments, Martín’s coming-of-age memoir hits all the right notes. Though the family’s travels took place decades ago, the struggles with establishing identity, especially as a child of immigrants whose identity straddles two cultures, feel as current as ever. The vibrant, action-packed panels offer plentiful details for readers to pore over, from scenes of crowded family chaos to the sights of Mexico.

A retro yet timeless story of family and identity. (family photos, author’s note) (Graphic memoir. 9-14)

-Kirkus Review
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CDJLibrary | 11 andre anmeldelser | Apr 3, 2024 |
Gr 5–8—Pedro’s family embarks on a road trip from California to Mexico to help his abuelito before bringing him
back to the U.S. to live with them. An unpredictable fusion of humorous and reflective moments that gives
fascinating insights into one family’s many stories while hinting at larger cultural questions.
BackstoryBooks | 11 andre anmeldelser | Apr 1, 2024 |
What a great memoir about a trip to Mexico in 1977.

Peter (Americanized from Pedro) well presents life in 1977. He introduces us to his large family, some of whom were born in Mexico. He describes each just as each of us would describe our own siblings. If you grew up as an only child, this memoir is a good look at how siblings interact. You can see how close they are and how they like to tease each other. The parents are unflappable, in my opinion. These are the days before cell phones and "helicopter" parenting. The kids survive, maybe surprisingly. They eat when there's a place at the table vacant and enjoy watching Happy Days, especially loving The Fonz! Because there are no cell phones, there are other ways to contact everyone. When it's time to go, their father has a whistle, which means, we are leaving now. No matter where you are in the store, get moving. My friends' parents did this trick to gather the family. We actually had.a meeting place and time. Yep--life in the 70s! Peter has heard much about his brave grandfather who lived through the Mexican Revolution and has an idealized version of him. They take their RV and head across the border to travel to Jalisco, Mexico to bring Grandfather back to live with them in California, as he is getting older.

The drive through Mexico entails hazards and takes quite a bit of time. The border guards lack ethics and confiscate (steal) many of their things. Peter learns a Jedi mind trick from his dad--pretend you know someone's family in order to lighten what may be about to happen to you. It's better than violence and might work. They also must travel over hazardous roads before RVs existed. Harrowing. The older siblings who were born in Mexico travel in a different vehicle, which gives them additional aid when stuck on the narrow, mountain-type road. The chapters each have a topic. They begin with his family. As the trip begins, the motorhome becomes a chapter so that you know how it's set up to house the sheer number of family members. He explains how using the restroom and drinking can be an adventure on an RV. One of my favorite chapters discusses Mexican toys and how they are unregulated. The best toy is the peepee toy. It's hilarious. [Because there have been educators fired for reading books to children that some deem wrong, I will digress here. If you are offended by body parts, this is not a book for you. Remember, books in the library are not required reading. Everyone of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s have laughed over these scenes. They are funny. Don't go looking for inappropriate moments and call them that. They're statements of fact about his life--it's a toy they played with and it's very funny every time he brings it up in the book.]. Needless to say, the toys can be dangerous. Much in Mexico proves to be dangerous, but the adults face everything with calmness while the kids are unsure and free to experience whatever they come across.

Grandfather turns out to be as tough as Peter imagines. He's strong and capable and quiet. There are many parties as they visit various family members to say good-bye. Before he can leave, Grandfather needs to take care of his mother's grave. This scene could disturb some sensitive kids. Peter's brother has a hard time with it. In this time period, kids weren't protected from everything, so he's got to figure it out. I'm not saying this approach is the best approach; I would have had nightmares for sure. The trip home takes a safer and more tourist-y route. There are some great truths presented: "Life is precious. Money is not." "We drive until we can't go any father, or until we find something cheap or free, and then we stop, may Jesus guide us. Amen."

I loved this book--it was a memorable time period--although I am not Mexico and didn't travel to Mexico--it's the time period that resonated with me. I loved how he celebrates his culture--he's a Mexikid. He's Mexican but born and lives in the United States. It's funny and honest. It values family and life. I keep adding people to my list of who I think would enjoy reading this book. Please, take an afternoon and enjoy!
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acargile | 11 andre anmeldelser | Mar 31, 2024 |
One summer, Pedro Martin, along with his 8 brothers and sisters, pile in their parents RV and make the incredible journey from California to Pegueros, Mexico, to visit family there and bring their abuelito (grandfather) back to live with them. It is over a 2,000-mile trip. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic memoir. It is heart-warming and laugh out loud at times. If you are looking for something fun and refreshing, give this one a spin. It is a Newberry Award winner and a deserving one.
msf59 | 11 andre anmeldelser | Mar 14, 2024 |



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