Martina the beautiful cockroach : a Cuban folktale (#0961HN2)

by Deedy, Carmen Agra; illustrated by Austin, Michael Allen

10 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

FollettBound Sewn Peachtree Publishers, 2014
Price: USD 16.26
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm
Dewey: 398.2; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 3.1
AR 3.1 LG .5 116505EN; RC 3.7 2; LEX AD610L; F&P P
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-3; Ages 4-8
From Kirkus: Ages 6-10; PW: Ages 6-10; SLJ: K-Gr 4; read the full-text reviews


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A humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale in which a cockroach interviews her suitors in order to decide whom to marry.

Product Details
  • Publisher:Peachtree Publishers
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2014
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: First trade paperback edition.
  • Dewey: 398.2
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm
  • Tracings: Austin, Michael Allen, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-48982-048-5 (originally 1-56145-787-6)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48982-048-8 (originally 978-1-56145-787-8)
  • Follett Number: 0961HN2
  • Reading Level: 3.1
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-3
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Kirkus: Ages 6-10
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 6-10
  • School Library Journal: K-Gr 4
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.1
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 116505EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.7
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: AD610L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: P

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2008
  • Book Links, 01/01/09
  • Booklist, 10/01/07
  • Criticas starred, 08/15/07
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/08
  • Library Media Connection starred, 01/01/08
  • Publishers Weekly, 08/27/07
  • Pura Belpre Author Honor, 2008
  • School Library Journal, 10/01/07
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (October 1, 2007 (Vol. 104, No. 3))
Grades K-3. Martina’s Cuban grandmother advises lovely cockroach Martina to spill coffee on suitors to see examples of their personality. Martina is reluctant at first, but the test proves abuela’s point: rooster Don Gallo is cocky; pig Don Cerdo is boorish; and lizard Don Lagarto is cold-blooded. Martina is exasperated until abuela points out overlooked suitor Perez the mouse. Amid compliments and blushes, Perez splashes café cubano onto Martina’s shoes. How did you know about the Coffee Test? she asks in surprise. Well, mi amor, my love . . . I too have a Cuban grandmother. Deedy’s masterful retelling of this Latino folktale has a rollicking voice imbued with sly tongue-in-cheek humor. The acrylic illustrations, in a hyperrealistic 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. Unfortunately, source notes are noticeably absent.

Taken from the Hardcover.

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