The blurb says that he usually plays arenas and large venues, so it’s a treat to see him up close like this. He was in town to receive an award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
His voice is great and powerful and while he is singing in Spanish, his phrasings don’t sound Spanish at all. Perhaps its the blend of Colombian roots-folk and rock ‘n’ roll.
“Hoy Me Voy” begins with some acoustic guitar playing and Juanes singing. It’s a bouncy and upbeat folk song. And while I don’t understand the words, I feel like I can make sense of the song.
[READ: September 24, 2015] Wars in Toyland
There have been many books about toys coming to life, but I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like this before.
And the artwork is so good that it made the whole story even more compelling.
This book is geared towards YA readers and I can see why… although there’s no bad words (one “bastard”), the subject is very dark. As it opens we see that young Matthew’s brother Adam is missing. There’s even Missing posters on the fridge (it’s pretty dark). Matthew and Adam used to play war with their toys all the time (I love the way the toy soldiers are drawn).
But now that Adam is missing Matthew doesn’t feel like playing war anymore. And that’s when the toys drag Adam into the toy box and into Toyland, where things are very bad indeed.
It turns out that Roxbury, an old forgotten toy has begun a war in Toyland where everyone will be marked. And so a battle ensues, with dangerous toys on both sides.
Eventually it is revealed that Adam is down here too (I figured that out early but never would have guessed the role he plays (no he is not R0xbury). How much sacrifice will our heros have to bear?
I have to admit that the metaphor of the story was a little confusing to me… was it about growing up and not wanting to play with toys anymore? But why was Adam missing in the first place? Matthew’s parents seem devastated, so it’s not like he was running away from them. So, the “reality” part of the story was a little shaky for me, but I loved the rest of it and just couldn’t get over how good the book looked.