... this book charmed me utterly. (Kid Tested, Librarian Approved
...captures some of the initial excitement of emergent literacy against a setting too-little seen in North American children's books. (Kirkus Reviews
...an inspirational example for emergent readers....Highly recommended. (Natalie Schembri CM Magazine
This is learning by chatting, in a society in which strangers are not dangers but fascinating resources and friends. (Sarah Ellis Quill & Quire
...a thoughtful offering for soon-to-be literates that just may get them thinking about the power of reading. (H M Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
...a pleasurable, rhythmic read... (Karen Cruze Booklist
...captures the celebration of the printed page as seen through the eyes of a child who has just awakened to its magical possibilities. (Senta Ross Canadian Children's Book News
a book that should find a place of importance in school classrooms, home libraries and on your gift list for little ones. (Sal's Fiction Addiction
...the perfect book... (James A Cox The Mid West Book Review
...simple yet powerful... (Marya Jansen-Gruber Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews
About the Author
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator who once flew one of the barriletes of Santiago. She has written Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her most recent book, What Are You Doing? (illustrated by Manuel Monroy), has received stellar reviews. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Manuel Monroy has been an illustrator of children's books and magazines for over a decade. His work has been exhibited in Mexico, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and the Netherlands. He has won several awards, including the A la Orilla del Viento prize, given by the Fondo de Cultura Economica, the Noma Concours in Japan, and in 2006 he was included in the IBBY Honour List for the quality of his illustrations. He has illustrated many children's books, which have been published in Canada and the United States, such as Daybreak, Nightfall and Rooster Gallo, both by poet Jorge Lujan, and When I Was a Boy Neruda Called Me Policarpo by Poli Delano. He lives in Mexico.