A Graphic Memoir

Written and Illustrated by Pedro Martín

Mexikid is the story of the author, Pedro Martin, and his family when they traveled to Mexico to pick up their Abuelito and have them live with the family. This book is really cool! It shares Pedro’s memories in a fun way with fun pictures and lots of voice within the speech bubbles. I also learned a lot about some of the Mexican-American cultural details so I thought that was cool! I do think that this book is much better suited for Junior High than elementary schools. One, because the story seems to be a little more advanced for younger students in a way that they probably would struggle to understand. And two, there is a part that talks about “Peepee Man” which–at the end is explained as a part of Mexican culture–but it shows a baby doll with male genitalia and it is used to squirt a liquid (probably just water) into a brother’s face as a joke. I know, from previous conversations with my kids, that my students would not feel comfortable with this. However, it is still really cool to have this representation in a new book!

Reviewed by Chelsea Johnson, Media Clerk, West Kearns Elementary
Review shared in March 2023
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: 7th-9th Grade

Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir
Written and Illustrated by Pedro Martín
Dial Books
320 pages
Release Date: Aug 01, 2023
ISBN: 9780593462287
An advance reader’s copy was provided by the publisher.

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1 thought on “Mexikid”

  1. Thank you for your review of the book. Its nice when someone is able to find out the critical parts that might be scrutinized before we go and purchase it.

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