Inspired by the Los Angeles riots, Smoky Night relates the happenings of a night of urban rioting from a child's perspective. With thickly textured, expressionistic acrylic paintings set against mixed-media collages, Diaz creates dramatic, groundbreaking il lus trations of the night's events. Both language and illustration convey the universal im portance of human interaction through the personal story of one little boy and his cat.

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