A tender biography filled with struggle and hope, Días de Consuelo by Dave Ortega brings to life the memories of the author’s abuela as they coincide with the storm of events that framed one of the most important uprisings of the twentieth century: The Mexican Revolution.
This graphic novel introduces middle grade through adult readers to the captivating story of Consuelo, her mother Evarista, grandmother Isabel and sister Beatriz as their lives are upended apart by civil war. Días de Consuelo is also the perfect introduction to revolutionary figures like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, the series of uprisings that they led to put an end to centuries-old systems of oppression, and the toll that this violence took on daily life.
With its expressive cartooning style, this book celebrates the Mexican-American experience in a way that has yet not been seen in the comics medium.
Download these PDFs for additional information on Días de Consuelo.
- Study Guide for Días de Consuelo by editor Dr. Theresa Rojas
- Media Kit about Días de Consuelo and Dave Ortega
Winner, 2023 Silver Medal International Latino Book Awards, Best Young Adult Nonfiction
Adult Overfloweth Title, 2022 Virginia Library Association Graphic Novel Diversity Award
Finalist 2022 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year, Graphic Novels & Comics
“Amazing. At first, I felt like I was watching a classic movie with Pedro Infante and Maria Félix, but then it became my story and made me feel closer to my own history and to the parts of my family that I didn’t know.”
-Comadres y Comics podcast [Episode 148]
“…the scope of the story is wisely kept small, allowing the complexity of the Mexican Revolution and its impact on the characters to serve as a backdrop for this deeply personal and affecting narrative.”
-Publishers Weekly [Full Review]