Luis Paints The World

Carolrhoda Books, illustrated by Oliver Dominguez

Luis paints two boys – one tall, tall as David Ortiz, one short as a bat.
He paints the world.

A Picture-Book Portrait of a Family and Military Service

“Little Luis cannot understand why his adored big brother Nico wants to leave for the army… It is a story that plays out again and again across our country, very frequently in minority families, and the reasons are often abstract ideas that are difficult for children.  Full article in Booklist Reader.



A WOW  "World of Words" Recommended Book  from the University of Arizona

CCBC Choices 2017, The Children's Cooperative Book Center

A National Council of Teachers of English Charlotte Huck Recommended Book

A Best Book of the Year, *Bank Street College of Education, starred review


"The boldly colored illustrations [by Oliver Dominguez] have a dreamy, surrealistic quality.” School Library Journal

“Its beautiful message will touch the hearts of readers and maybe inspire them to create art of their own.” ALA-Booklist

“…a beautiful story about family, expression, and community.” North Andover Eagle Tribune

“With song and paint brushes, a family and also a community wait for that most wonderful moment, when a soldier, someone’s brother or sister, daughter, husband, wife, or son, returns to the world of home. LUIS PAINTS THE WORLD is a beautiful book.” ReaderKidz