Viva Frida

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Viva Frida
Viva Frida.jpg
AuthorYuyi Morales
IllustratorTim O' Meara
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's literature
Published2014 Roaring Brook Press
Media typePicture book (hardcover)

Viva Frida is a children's book written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales in collaboration with photographer Tim O'Meara. It was published by Roaring Brook Press in 2014 and was selected as a Caldecott Honor Book in 2015.


The story follows Frida Kahlo, a world-renowned and unconventional artist whose art is appreciated all around the world. The story illustrates the different stages of her life and how they influenced her to become an artist.

Critical reception[edit]

Viva Frida received decent reviews. Horn Book called it "GORGEOUS"[1] and Booklist Reviews noted that "Morales artistically distills the essence of the remarkable Frida Kahlo in this esoteric, multigenre picture book."[2] Kirkus Reviews wrote "This luminescent homage to Frida Kahlo doesn’t hew to her artwork’s mood but entrances on its own merit." and concluded "Out of context, visually radiant; as an introduction to Kahlo herself, almost irrelevant. "[3] while Publishers Weekly noted that " Frida is presented less as a historical figure than as an icon who represents the life Morales holds sacred; Frida lives because she loves and creates."[4] The School Library Journal wrote "Morales's perception of her creative process results in a fresh, winning take on an artist who has rarely been understood. .. Morales's art and O'Meara's photographs take this book to another level." and concluded "A resonant title that can be used anywhere Kahlo's art is studied. It will also be admired in bilingual collections."[5] The New York Times found "There is plenty for young children to look at, though Morales’s Frida dolls do not capture much of a likeness beyond the artist’s famous unibrow, and they convey an un-Frida-like carefree quality."[6] and Common Sense Media called it "a captivating book".[7] The Nashville Public Library described it as "an absolutely stunning, resolutely beautiful book."[8]


  1. ^ Lolly Robinson (October 16, 2014). "Viva Frida (Calling Caldecott Post)". Media Source. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales.
  3. ^ "Viva Frida". Kirkus Media LLC. June 29, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "Viva Frida". PWxyz LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  5. ^ "Viva Frida". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Russo, Maria (August 20, 2014). "Painting Partners: 'Viva Frida' and 'Frida & Diego'". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Regan McMahon. "Viva Frida". Common Sense Media Inc. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  8. ^ Klem-Mari (November 6, 2014). "Book Review: Viva Frida (and Yuyi Morales!)". Nashville Public Library. Retrieved May 25, 2016.