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Paperback Details
  • 12/2014
  • 978-1-62847-473-2 1549582577
  • 48 pages
  • $12.99
Ebook Details
  • 12/2014
  • 978-1-62847-473-2 B075448QVX
  • 48 pages
  • $7.99
Hardcover Details
  • 01/2014
  • 978-1-63068-018-3 1630680184
  • 48 pages
  • $19.99
Carla Torres
Author, Illustrator
Larry and Friends
Carla Torres, author / illustrator

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Larry and Friends is a captivating story about immigration and integration that celebrates diversity and supports tolerance. The protagonist is Larry the dog who is a juggler from Brooklyn, the friends are a diverse set of animals from different places of the world. The story tells why the characters end up relocating in New York and how they became friends with Larry. Through their stories the characters bring forward the most luminous light of the human spirit.
Reviews
Brain Pickings

Much has been said about the lack of diversity in children’s books. But these discussions — as most conversations about diversity — have been largely co-opted by questions of race, overlooking other elements of diversity, such as nationality and native language. This is particularly perplexing in America which, for a nation of immigrants that prides itself on being a “melting pot” of global cultures, has one of the world’s most hostile immigration policies. (I can attest to this myself as a “resident alien” — the tellingly unfriendly term for a U.S.-based foreign citizen — whose entire adult life has been plagued by immigration-related bureaucratic nightmares.) National policies being the seedbed of national attitudes, it’s hard not to wonder and worry about the toxic effect such legal practices might have on fostering xenophobia and intolerance. This concern, coupled with my enormous soft spot for children’s books, is why I was instantly smitten with Larry and Friends (publisher) — a heartening story about immigration, diversity, friendship, and acceptance, envisioned by Ecuadorian-born, New-York-based illustrator Carla Torres, who partnered with Belgian-born, Venezuelan-raised, New-York-based writer Nat Jasparto bring the project, funded on Kickstarter, to life.

Torres’s gorgeous illustrations tell the tale of Larry the American dog, who decides to have a birthday celebration and invites all his friends, each from a different part of the world and an immigrant in New York, where the story is set — a fitting backdrop, given Gotham’s Ellis Island was the original entry point for immigrants in the United States and New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world today, home to more than three million foreign-born residents who speak over 800 languages.

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Formats
Paperback Details
  • 12/2014
  • 978-1-62847-473-2 1549582577
  • 48 pages
  • $12.99
Ebook Details
  • 12/2014
  • 978-1-62847-473-2 B075448QVX
  • 48 pages
  • $7.99
Hardcover Details
  • 01/2014
  • 978-1-63068-018-3 1630680184
  • 48 pages
  • $19.99

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