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What Are You Doing?

by Elisa Amado, illustrated by Manuel Monroy

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Before he leaves for his first day of school, Chepito runs outside to play. He comes across all kinds of people in his neighborhood who are reading. “Why, why, why?” he sings, and they each have a different answer for him, whether it’s a man reading a newspaper, a young girl enjoying a comic, a couple of tourists consulting a guidebook or an archeologist studying hieroglyphics. Later that day, Chepito discovers the fun of reading for himself, and he even brings home a book to share with his little sister.

Elisa Amado has written a perfect introduction to the pleasures and uses of the written word. Set in a delightfully retro world by illustrator Manuel Monroy, this book is a true celebration of reading.

About the Authors
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.
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Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most celebrated illustrators who has exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and Japan. He has won the A la Orilla del Viento and the Noma Concours Encouragement Prize, and he has been included on the IBBY Honour List. His illustrations appear in Rooster / Gallo, Be a Baby (Se un bebé), When I Was a Boy Neruda Called Me Policarpo, What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That? He lives in Mexico City.

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Contributor Notes

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.

Manuel Monroy is one of Mexico’s most celebrated illustrators who has exhibited his art in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and Japan. He has won the A la Orilla del Viento and the Noma Concours Encouragement Prize, and he has been included on the IBBY Honour List. His illustrations appear in Rooster / Gallo, Be a Baby (Se un bebé), When I Was a Boy Neruda Called Me Policarpo, What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That? He lives in Mexico City.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
3 to 7

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What Are You Doing?

It is the first day of school for little Chepito, but he does not want to attend. Instead, he runs outside to play and meets a variety of people in his neighbourhood who have one thing in common: they are all reading. His question “What are you doing?” provokes an array of responses. A man is scanning a newspaper for sports scores. A young girl is amused by the comics. Two tourists refer to a guidebook. An auto mechanic consults a car manual. A woman peruses a magazine for hairstyle inspirations, and an archeologist studies hieroglyphics to learn more about the past. Chepito is given much food for thought and returns home ready to set off for school. When he peers into his new classroom, it is the sight of a shelf of books which provides the impetus for him to enter. At the conclusion of his first school day, Chepito runs home and pulls out the book his teacher introduced to him. When his mother asks if he learned how to read, he responds, “No, but I can tell by the pictures,” and he proceeds to “read” the book to his little sister. Our young learner understands the value of the written word, and, in turn, wishes to share this gift.

Elisa Amado has composed a charming story about one boy’s initiation into the joys and benefits of reading and his growing desire to become literate. One feels that his world is about to be enlarged broadly as a result of his discovery.

Manuel Monroy’s child-like coloured pencil, watercolour and digital illustrations invite us into Chepito’s friendly home and community. This story takes place in Mexico, yet boys and girls just about anywhere will have experienced a similar introduction to the wonders of reading as Chepito has. What Are You Doing? captures the celebration of the printed page as seen through the eyes of a child who has just awakened to its magical possibilities.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2011. Volume 34 No. 2.

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