Martina the beautiful cockroach doesn’t know coffee beans about love and marriage. That’s where her Cuban family comes in. But when suitor after suitor fails her Abuela’s Coffee Test, Martina wonders she can ever find true love. Soon, only the gardener Pérez, a tiny brown mouse, is left. But what will happen when Martina offers him café cubano?Author Carmen Agra Deedy delivers a deliciously inventive Cuban version of the beloved Martina folktale, and Michael Austin’s delightful illustrations bring this beautiful green cockroach and her suitors to life.
Explore Martina’s Cuban roots with this informative teacher’s guide!
On her way to Grandma’s house, Little Red meets a wolf. Which might scare some little girls. But not this little girl. She knows just what the wolf is up to, and she’s not going to let him get away with it. In this updated fairy tale with a mischievous twist, talented storyteller Bethan Woollvin uses sly humor, striking visuals, and dark irreverence to turn a familiar tale on its head.
Lana Lynn is an intrepid sheep. She isn’t content to nibble grass in the pasture, sip water from the pond, and nap in the meadow. She wants adventure! So one night, when the moon is high and the other sheep are asleep, she finds a disguise and dashes into the wild woods to see what life is like as a wolf. It’s fun to run through the wild woods, stay up very late, and howl at the Moon—but is life with the wolf pack everything it seems? Rebecca Van Slyke’s charming depiction of experiencing new things is accented by Anca Sandu’s humorous illustrations.
The Tuckers’ farm is a peaceful place until a hapless peacock falls off the back of a passing truck and stirs things up. The hens don’t like the newcomer getting attention while they do all the hard work, so the wise old hound helps orchestrate a job swap. What follows is the hilarious tale of three hens who get in way over their feathered heads, and one very distressed peacock who just can’t figure out how to lay an egg. Lester L. Laminack’s comical tale reveals what happens when some foolish farm animals decide to trade roles―and discover just how hard it is to do someone else’s job.
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