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Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

Carmen Agra Deedy

Nominee:Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award -Grades 3-5 (2010)
Honor Book:Irma S. & James H. Black Award -Children's Literature (2008)
The beautiful Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha doesn't know coffee beans about love and marriage, so when suitors come calling, what is she to do?

Luckily, she has her Cuban family to help! While some of the Cucarachas offer Martina gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her some useful advice: spill coffee on his shoes to see how he handles anger. At first, Martina is skeptical of her Abuela's suggestion, but when suitor after suitor fails the Coffee Test, she wonders if a little green cockroach can ever find true love.

After reading this award-winning retelling of the Cuban folktale, readers will never look at a cockroach the same way again. Carmen Agra Deedy delivers a delightfully inventive Cuban twist on the beloved Martina folktale, complete with a dash of café Cubano.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: Jul 1st, 2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 11.80in - 10.10in - 0.60in - 1.15lb
  • EAN: 9781561453993
  • Recommended age: 04-08
  • Categories: Fairy Tales & Folklore - Country & CulturalAnimals - Insects, Spiders, etc.Humorous Stories

About the Author

Austin, Michael: - Michael Austin is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, a creative director, and the illustrator of several books. He lives in Georgia.

Praise for this book

"Deedy's text sparkles with sly humor. . . The stunning acrylic illustrations are full of color, light, and humor. . . This wonderful book will delight children." --School Library Journal

"Austin's cockroach dwelling is a desirable piece of real estate, with its stairs made of gum wrappers, its wrought-plastic comb railing, and its exclusive mid-Havana address (it's a lamppost). A friendly sprinkling of Spanish words, warmly drawn relationships and a lot of puns all widen the audience for this spirited story." --Publishers Weekly

"Lively and funny. . . Fun to compare with other versions, this telling has magic all its own." --Kirkus Reviews

"Deedy's masterful retelling of this Latino folktale has a rollicking voice imbued with sly tongue-in-cheek humor. The acrylic illustrations, in a hyper-realistic style reminiscent of a softer William Joyce, are rendered in a vivid tropical palette. Shifting perspectives and points of view add vitality to the compositions, and facial expressions reveal both emotions and character traits. A scattering of Spanish words adds zest to this fine read-aloud." --Booklist