Tormenta de Pimienta
Author: Rafael Ordoñez
Illustrator: Marisa Morea
This book has such broad appeal and is so well done. The colorful pictures are subtly hipster, with a mid-century vibe . . . .
This book is a delight from start to finish. If you don’t read Spanish, you had better download Duolingo so you can start learning it in order to read this darling, funny, smart, cool book. [Editor’s Note: Copy reviewed by reviewer was a Spanish Language Edition.]
An original folktale written by Rafael Ordoñez and illustrated by Marisa Morea, Tormenta de Pimienta, or Pepper Storm, (gosh, it sounds so much better in Spanish!) tells the story of why elephants are afraid of mice.
They weren’t always enemies, but the dreamy elephants kept staring at the clouds rather than watching out for mice on the ground. The mice grew tired of getting smashed flat, so they met and came up with an ingenious plan. (Hooray for organizing!)
This book has such broad appeal and is so well done. The colorful pictures are subtly hipster, with a mid-century vibe, and the clever story has enough humor, elephant poop and boogers to crack up a classroom. While I think the recommended grade level is spot-on, I could also see assigning this book to older Spanish language students, who would have fun reading and translating it. Highly recommend.
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My thanks to Nube Ocho Books for providing a Review Copy of this book. All opinions provided herein are my own.
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