This in an incredibly gentle and informative story that shares the life of Ignacio Anaya, the man behind the creation of nachos! The narrative pays beautiful homage to Ignacio’s humble beginnings and celebrates the powerful combination of hard work, ingenuity, and fate!
The realistic illustrations are endearing and remarkably expressive, providing the perfect canvas on which to convey the text. The simplicity of the narrative pairs wonderfully with the vibrancy of the illustrations to capture Nacho’s heartwarming and inspirational story. You’ll see and feel the emotions jumping off the pages! Every image brings an inviting perspective that works to further pull readers into the moments that defined his life. Each illustration is a double page spread with the text nicely placed so as not to distract from these beautiful and realistic images. From its masterful construction to captivating content, this book is a testament to the teamwork between the author and illustrator!
Although the story showcases a specific period in time, enhanced by the visual representation of 1940s dress and culture, there is a feeling of timelessness in its meaning. The picture book format will enchant older readers with its nostalgic style and references, while simultaneously speaking to younger readers in a comfortable and relatable small space that will hold their attention. A fantastic read-aloud experience for all readers alike!
As a celebration of such an authentic dish within the Mexican cuisine, this book would also make a fabulous conversation piece in the kitchen or around the table because let’s face it, after reading, you’re going to have such a craving for nachos! Mark your calendar for International Day of the Nacho and commemorate this special snack on October 21, its 80th anniversary, using the included original recipe!
Many thanks to the author and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of the book for free. This is my honest and thoughtful review.