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Review of Carina Felina

Carina Felina by Carmen Agra Deedy; illus. by Henry ColePrimary    Scholastic    48 pp.8/23    9781338749168    $19.99Spanish ed.  9781339013183    $7.99In this folktale retelling, Pepe the parrot doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into when he invites his crush, Carina Felina, over for some homemade Cuban crackers. Carina, a fluffy aqua-colored feline with...

Review of Wombat Said Come In

Wombat Said Come In by Carmen Agra Deedy ; illus. by Brian Lies Preschool, Primary     Quinlin/Peachtree    40 pp.     g10/22     978-1-68263-321-2     $18.99 As fire spreads above his burrow, a wombat opens his underground home to a series of Australian animals, including a wallaby, kookaburra, and platypus. Each...

Lighting the Candle: A Wild Ride

From left: Carmen's father, Carlos Agra; sister, Tersi Agra Bendiburg; Carmen Agra Deedy; and mother, Esther Ponz Agra, several years after arriving in the United States. Photo courtesy of Carmen Agra Deedy. When I was in middle school, my social studies teacher encouraged me to enter a writing contest, sponsored...

Review of Rita & Ralph's Rotten Day

Rita & Ralph’s Rotten Day by Carmen Agra Deedy; illus. by Pete Oswald Preschool, Primary    Scholastic    48 pp. 3/20    978-1-338-21638-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-59927-5    $10.99 Rita and Ralph are best friends. Each day they meet at the apple tree midway between their houses and play games together. One day the...

Rita + Ralph at home

This week Carmen Agra Deedy Talks with Roger about Rita & Ralph's Rotten Day. We've had our share of those this month — who else?! Best advice: avoid playing Sticks and Stones (as Rita and Ralph do, with actual sticks and stones). And do say "I'm sorry" — as Rita...

Carmen Agra Deedy Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by   Veteran (and irrepressible) storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy, along with illustrator Pete Oswald, reinvents an old fingerplay about Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle to share some truth about friendship and...

Carmen Agra Deedy and Eugene Yelchin Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here.Sponsored byThere's a new mayor in town, and his increasingly restrictive edicts face one implacable opponent, "a saucy gallito." The mayor insists on quiet; the rooster keeps calling...

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