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Cynthia Leonor Garza introduces readers to the acrobatic Mexican masked wrestler tradition, lucha libre, in an exciting playground adventure. When some boys tell Lucía that girls can’t be superheroes, she gets “spicy mad.” But her grandmother has a plan, and shares a special box with Lucía—containing Abuela’s childhood mask and cape. And so Lucía the Luchadora (POW!, $16.99) arrives; she “is brave and full of heart, and isn’t afraid to fight for what is right.” Alyssa Bermudez’s opaque watercolors bring the playground kids to kinetic life, as well as the joy of Lucía’s heroics—mask or no mask! Ages 4-7.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781576878279
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: POW! - March 7th, 2017

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In Susanna Isern’s wonderful tale, an elderly badger—The Lonely Mailman (Cuento de Luz, $16.95)—faithfully makes his daily rounds, carefully observing his neighbors as he delivers their letters. Through their epistolary efforts, we see how the other animals converse and connect. With each page-turn, illustrator Daniel Montero Galán takes us through the mailman’s day—from the glorious reds of sunrise through the silhouettes of evening, and into a candlelit burrow. Galán fills his pages with animals as he gradually reveals a detective story that only the illustrations tell. It all culminates in a powerful and tender resolution that shows the badger he is not so lonely after all. Ages 7-10.

 

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By Susanna Isern, Daniel Montero Galan (Illustrator), Jon Brokenbrow (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9788416147984
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Published: Cuento de Luz SL - April 11th, 2017

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Curtis Manley has taken versions of the Japanese folktale The Crane Wife and made his own variation—with the addition of insightful haiku—in The Crane Girl (Shen’s, $18.95). In this incarnation of the tale, a young man named Yasuhiro rescues a crane and befriends her transformed human incarnation, Hiroko. Her repayment of Yasuhiro’s kindness with magical weavings leads to a climactic clash with Yasuhiro’s greedy and threatening father. Hiroko’s final transformations, which diverge from the original tale, are magical and satisfying. Lin Wang’s realistic watercolors are full of beautiful gestures and details, with a hint of Japanese ink-scrolls in her background landscapes. Endnotes provide further information on crane folktale motifs, Japanese poetic forms, and the Hokkaido red crane. Ages 7-10.

 

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781885008572
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Shen's Books - March 1st, 2017

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