THE RUNAWAY TORTILLA by Eric A. Kimmel

THE RUNAWAY TORTILLA

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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of a conventional Gingerbread Man (1993) dishes up another version, this with a Southwestern flavor and a female entree. Tía Lupe makes such light tortillas at El Papagayo Feliz, her south Texan taquería, that one finally jumps up, declares, “I’m too beautiful to eat,” and rolls out the door. Weaving her way past horned toads, rattlesnakes, cowboys, and other pursuers, the tortilla sings out a catchy, taunting refrain, printed in long, wavy lines across each spread: “Run as fast as can be. You won’t get a bite of me. Doesn’t matter what you do. I’ll be far ahead of you!” Like a small, gleeful moon, the tortilla rolls across Cecil’s dusty, mustard-yellow chaparral, chased by a growing crowd of hungry-looking admirers, meeting her inevitable end when sly Coyote begs her prettily to remove the “grasshopper” that has lodged in his throat. Deeper and deeper into his throat she travels until all that shows are his teeth wrapped around the edge of the pages and the tortilla staring down his gullet. And “SNAP!” How sad. How delicious! (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 1-890817-18-X
Page count: 40pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2000




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