• Author: Emma Otheguy
  • Illustrator: Sara Palacios
  • Translator: Emily Carrero Mustelier
  • Publisher: Atheneum; An Imprint of Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date: June 20th, 2023
  • ISBN English: 9781534445376
  • ISBN Spanish: 9781534445840
  • Ages: 4-8 years old

About the book

A quiet girl overwhelmed by her rambunctious family finds a magical land of solitude only to discover what truly makes a home a home in this lively and magical bilingual picture book that reimagines the beloved Caribbean folktale “La Cucaracha Martina.”

Martina does not like parties. Parties are full of tías with their flashy fashions and boom-and-bellow laughter that’s too much for quiet Martina. At least with all that noise, no one notices when she slips away. She finds herself in a magical place: a warm, familiar island where she can finally play in peace and quiet. Martina is home at last—or is she?

Praise for Martina Has Too Many Tías:

  • "An affirming story that feels like a warm hug from a beloved relative." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
  • "Whether they're swept up in the narration or marveling at the details of each scene, little ones will be captivated by the vibrant energy and cultural nuances that infuse every page of this tale." — Booklist
  • "In this expert picture-book riff on the classic Caribbean folktale “La Cucaracha Martina,” Otheguy celebrates big families with room for all types of dispositions." — Horn Book Review
  • "Otheguy riffs on the Caribbean folktale “La Cucaracha Martina” in this emotionally aware story about family and self." — Publishers Weekly
  • "Along with Palacios’s lively flora and fauna, leaves and lily pads and daffodils cascade across pages, and the crayon-like appearance adds to the childlike wonder of tiny fairies, golden coins, and animals." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • "A singular offering with many layers of storytelling, this is a must-have for all collections." — School Library Journal , STARRED REVIEW

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