Los deseos de Carmela by Matt De La Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. Translated by Teresa Mlawer. G. P. Putnam, 2018. ISBN 9780525518709
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? Spanish translation of Carmela Full of Wishes by the winning duo who brought us Last Stop on Market Street. It’s Carmela’s birthday and she’s finally old enough to go with her brother on the family’s errands to bottle return, laundromat, grocery store, locksmith and pharmacy. He’s annoyed that she has to tag along, but she fixes him with her “too bad” glare. When Carmela falls down and crushes the dandelion she had hoped to blow on for more wishes, her brother comes through for her. The tender sibling relationship makes this so lovely, and the humble neighborhood and the chores the kids must perform create a setting that is real and appealing. The illustrations, paint and collage, are done in gorgeous colors and include scenes depicted with papel picado.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 4-8, especially for those seeking books about sibling relationships or with Latinx characters.
Who should buy this book? This is an essential purchase for all elementary school and public libraries, especially since it’s characters are Latinx.
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, whether in English or Spanish.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: February 8, 2019