A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Spanish / Mexico

Mallko y papá
(Mallko and Papa)

Gusti (text/illus.)
México, D.F. [et al.]: Océano, 2014. – [148] p.
(Series: Océano Travesía)
ISBN 978-607-735-395-9

Down syndrome – Father / Son – Differentness – Acceptance 

“Sometimes a child does not turn out as you expected.” In this very personal book, Gusti openly and sincerely works through his coming to terms with his son Mallko’s unexpected difference. Unlike Mallko’s mother and older brother, who embrace the new family member with unconditional love, the father proves initially overwhelmed. A child with Down syndrome cannot simply be altered or exchanged like an artwork, however. Using an arresting mix of diary entries, family photo albums, strip cartoons, and sketch book, Gusti describes and illustrates his learning curve and the process he went through as he grew closer to his son, from birth to the moment that he felt wonderfully fortunate and came to love and accept his special son just as he is. The book’s dialogues, emails, word fragments, colourful drawings, quick sketches, photos, collages and cartoon-like sequences mirror his intellectual and emotional desperation and confusion. This is a wonderful, moving book for children and adults. (Age: 6+)