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El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!

El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!

By Donna Barba Higuera
Illustrator Juliana Perdomo

Ebook

Price: $15.54

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  • Publication Date: July 13, 2021
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Trim Size: 8 12 x 10 12
  • ISBN: 9781647003111
  • Page Count: 40
  • Illustrations: Four color illustrations throughout
  • Rights: World/All

A boy and his monster confront their mutual fears in this unlikely friendship story that’s rooted in Mexican folklore

Ramón is a little boy who can’t sleep. He is nervous for his first day at a new school.
And El Cucuy is the monster who lives in Ramón’s cactus pot. He can’t sleep, either.
It turns out that El Cucuy is scared, too!
This gentle, perceptive story explores the worries that can accompany moving to a new place and beginning a new journey—and reveals how comfort, bravery, and strength can be found through even the most unexpected of friendships.

Praise

"This exploration of children in transition reminds readers that change can make even El Cucuy insecure." 
Kirkus Reviews
"Higuera fluidly intersperses Spanish words throughout the text, and their meanings can be inferred from context... These additions grant a depth to Ramón’s backstory and show his individuality while highlighting the differences he may encounter in his unfamiliar environment. Perdomo’s digital illustrations in vibrant hues pay homage to Ramón’s heritage. "
The Horn Book Magazine
"Fun, colorful illustrations bring to life a legendary creature from Latin American folklore, and paint fears and worries in a different light. . .A unique picture book featuring two very unlikely friends who show young readers the importance of supporting one another and discover that everyone has fears of their own." 
School Library Journal

Donna Barba Higuera talks about the inspiration for the book


About the author

Donna Barba Higuera grew up dodging dust devils in the oilfields of central California. She was a daydreamer, constantly blending life experiences and folklore into stories. Now she weaves them into picture books and novels. Higuera currently lives among the spiraling mists of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four children, three dogs, two frogs, and hundreds of wild birds who flock to her backyard birdfeeders every day. El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! is her debut picture book. She is also the author of the middle-grade novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance. Juliana Perdomo is a Colombian illustrator and writer, with a background as a psychologist and art therapist. Her work is joyful and heartfelt, folkish, and a bit retro with a Latin touch. She has participated in different projects as an illustrator, this book being her debut in the United States. Perdomo lives in Bogotá, Colombia, with her amazing son Luca and a crazy old dog named Menta.