Juan and the Asuangs

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Author: Jose Aruego

Illustrator: Jose Aruego

ARUEGO, Jose. Juan and the Asuangs. A Tale of Philippine Ghosts and Spirits. NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1970. 8vo, [32]pp. Pink cloth pictorially stamped in black. Brown endpapers; color illustrations on every page. Spine ends a bit rubbed, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (light edge wear and some soiling, spine panel a bit sunned).

First edition (this copy has a brown free endpaper matching the fixed endpapers, but no front free endpaper; as the book is side-sewn, it is not clear if the front free endpaper was accidentally left out or if none was called for). The author/illustrator’s second book for children tells a charming tale of the ghosts and spirits that inhabit the jungles of the Philippines through the eyes of a young boy listening to the tales of his elders. With charming, whimsical illustrations, this delightful picture book is a wonderful folktale from Jose Aruego capturing his Filipino heritage. In addition to his numerous books for children (most created with his wife, author/artist Ariane Dewey), he also had many cartoons published in The New Yorker and The Saturday Evening Post.