Frida Catlo


By: Courtney Acampora and Maggie Fischer

Illustrated by: Lindsay Dale-Scott

Published: January 8, 2019

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books

Fiction/Board Book

The first title in the new WILD BIOS series for toddlers featuring well-known historical figures with a bit of a twist is a great way to have fun while reading and teaching.

This book is based on the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Her works included portraits and self-portraits while using Mexico’s popular culture and nature as inspiration.

Kids will think their parents are being silly while reading this story of Frida Kahlo’s life. First, changing her name to Friday Catlo and talking about her “clawful” accident that caused her to rest and have a lot of time on her “paws” so she started painting until it was “purr-fect” will get kids giggling and want to know more. A brief history of her life is shared using various cat puns that teach kids about this famous artist in a way that they will remember her contributions to art and history.

The illustrations are adorable, brightly colored, and reminiscent of Frida’s art. You can see Frida’s art at the famous “mewseum” the Louvre in “Furrance” or at the “MEOWMA in Mew York City” as well as many places in “Meowxico“.

Future editions in this WILD BIOS series include WILLIAM SHEEPSPEARE to be published in April 2019, AMELIA HAREHART in May 2019, and  NEIL ARMSWAN in July of 2019.

Courtney Acampora holds a BA in art history from San Diego State University and a Master’s from the University of Arizona. She currently works in publishing. Her lifelong love for art and books gave her the opportunity to write books for kids. She currently lives in San Diego, California.

Maggie Fischer is originally from Oregon but moved to San Diego, California after receiving her BA in English from Gonzaga University. As the daughter of a librarian, books have always been in her blood. She relishes the opportunity to write and edit books for kids.

Lindsay Dale-Scott is an illustrator and designer from NE Ohio. Lindsay has done artwork for children’s books as well as greeting cards. She loves drawing animals, birds, and florals as well as historical and decorative figures.

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Another book by Courtney Acampora:


If you are interested in teaching your child about art, check out ANNA AND JOHANNA.

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  1. bermudaonion (Kathy) on March 10, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Oh my gosh, that looks adorable! What a great way to introduce youngsters to famous people.

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