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Who Was Her Own Work of Art?: Frida Kahlo

Who Was Her Own Work of Art?: Frida Kahlo

An Official Who HQ Graphic Novel

Illustrated by Ashanti Fortson


Who Was Her Own Work of Art?: Frida Kahlo

About the Book

Discover how Frida Kahlo became one of the most recognizable artists in the world in this powerful graphic novel written by award-winning author Terry Blas and illustrated by Ignatz Award-winning artist Ashanti Fortson.

Presenting Who HQ Graphic Novels: an exciting addition to the #1 New York Times best-selling Who Was? series!

Explore Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's rise to stardom as she travels from Mexico to New York City for her first-ever solo exhibition and sets the art world aflame. A story of independence, determination, and finding beauty within one's scars, this graphic novel invites readers to immerse themselves into the incredible power of one of the greatest artists of all time—brought to life by gripping narrative and vivid full-color illustrations that jump off the page.

Product Details

On sale: February 20, 2024
Age: 8-12 years
Grade: Grades 6-8
Page count: 64 Pages
ISBN: 9780593384664
Reading level: Lexile: 750L | Fountas/Pinnell: W

Author Bio

Terry Blas (he/him) is the illustrator and writer behind the viral webcomics You Say Latino and You Say Latinx (Vox.com). He has written comics for Ariana Grande and the series Steven Universe as well as Rick and Morty. His original graphic novels are Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom (Oni Press), Hotel Dare (Kaboom!), and Lifetime Passes (Abrams/Surely Books 2021). He is the writer for the Marvel superhero series Reptil, as well as Who Was the Voice of the People?: Cesar Chavez (Penguin Workshop). He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his husband, Scott, and their dog, Alfie.

Ashanti Fortson (they/them) is a cartoonist, illustrator, editor, and educator with a deep interest in difficult emotions, quiet moments, and human connection. Their work explores transience and reflection through a tenderhearted lens. A love for color runs through everything they make. Ashanti’s short comic Leaf Lace won the 2021 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic, and was nominated for Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Online Comic. Ashanti lives in Baltimore with their spouse, their cat Miss Cheese, and at least three pet rats at all times.


"Kahlo’s depiction [...] will inspire readers [...] An absorbing read with a well-crafted narrative and eloquent art."—School Library Journal