WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO by Monica Brown
Kirkus Star

WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown’s latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village.

Ana loves to read and spends all of her free time either reading alone or to her younger brother. She knows every word of the one book she owns. Although she uses her imagination to create fantastical bedtime tales for her brother, she really wants new books to read. Everything changes when a traveling librarian and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, arrive in the village. Besides loaning books to the children until his next visit, the unnamed man also reads them stories and teaches the younger children the alphabet. When Ana suggests that someone write a book about the traveling library, he encourages her to complete this task herself. After she reads her library books, Ana writes her own story for the librarian and gives it to him upon his reappearance—and he makes it part of his biblioburro collection. Parra’s colorful folk-style illustrations of acrylics on board bring Ana’s real and imaginary worlds to life. This is a child-centered complement to Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro (2010), which focuses on Soriano.

The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and “iii-aah” adding to the fun. (author’s note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 12th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-58246-353-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Tricycle
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2011




NEW AND NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOKS FOR JULY:

Children SECRETS OF TAMARIND by Nadia Aguiar
by Nadia Aguiar
Children WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO by Monica Brown
by Monica Brown
Children TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore
by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Children A PLACE TO CALL HOME by Alexis Deacon
by Alexis Deacon

MORE BY JOHN PARRA

ChildrenROUND IS A TORTILLA by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
ChildrenGRACIAS/THANKS by Pat Mora
by Pat Mora

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenMORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE by Marie Bradby
by Marie Bradby
ChildrenTHE BOOK BOAT'S IN by Cynthia Cotten
by Cynthia Cotten
ChildrenWILD ABOUT BOOKS by Judy Sierra
by Judy Sierra