Musician Simón Díaz, known throughout Venezuela as “Tío Simón” remains a vital part of the country’s cultural legacy, and forever in the memory of all who knew his musical work. On October 15, Fantoons will celebrate his immense cultural impact with the release of a bilingual children’s book of Spanish and English words with a Venezuelan twist, Tío Simón ABC!
For every copy sold of the $12.99 book, the publisher will donate $1 to two different organizations providing help to Venezuelan children; Aid For Life/Healing Venezuela and Hogar Bambi.
Fantoons creative director, David Calcano will be joined by Simón’s daughter Bettsimar Díaz on Saturday, October 19 for a special launch event at Imago Art in Action, located at 165 Majorca Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida at 11:30 am.
In this beautiful book, Tío Simón—beloved Venezuelan folk musician and children’s TV personality—will teach you words of every letter in both English and Spanish! Children will be able to learn with Tío Simón about his home, Venezuela, as well as traditional food like Arepa! with a beautiful full-color illustration on every page that will spark joy in families of every kind.
Assembled by Fantoons’ David Calcano, the Venezuelan-born creative director, recognized for his work with Disney Channel, alongside projects in publishing and animation with Rush, Frank Zappa and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Calcano and his Fantoons team of illustrators and designers assembled 60 beautifully illustrated pages inspired by images of Venezuela.
David Calcano says “It is humbling to represent the true spirit of Tío Simón by collaborating with organizations that are giving so much to the Venezuelan children in need. it is the least we can do as Venezuelans. It makes Bettsimar Díaz and I incredibly proud to actively share our culture through the eyes of Tío Simón and continue his legacy by helping kids in extreme poverty.”
Tío Simón ABC features a foreword about Tío Simón’s (Simón Díaz) life and legacy written by his daughter Bettsimar Díaz and will be released in finer bookstores everywhere on October 15. This beautiful and charming book is available for preorder now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indigo and will carry a cover price of $12.99.
For more info on the special October 19 launch event, visit the Imago Art in Action website.