Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the
Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel,
Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and
the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature
for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, Echo,
Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom,
Becoming Naomi Leon, and Paint the Wind, have
received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpre Awards, a
NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two
Americas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and
Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both
illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated
by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series
featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with
Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1992 and also studied Engineering at Cornell University. He is the illustrator of awarding-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World and Nappy Hair.
Muoz's (Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride) rollicking birthday tale stars one Spanish-speaking grandmother, one very long list of party preparations and a band of enterprising mice. Rosa Maria spends all week getting ready for her seven-year-old granddaughter's birthday party, and each day items for the party keep disappearing. So do the mousetraps she sets each evening to ensure the celebration isn't ruined by uninvited guests. Cepeda's (What a Truly Cool World) full-bleed, sun-splashed paintings show with gleeful candor the missing objects being spirited away by resourceful rodents. Shots from the tops of cupboards or two inches off the floor show the busy creatures sneaking back and forth past Rosa Maria's feet as she cooks and cleans in her big earrings and flashy high heels. But the mice redeem themselves by remembering to fill the pi?ata with candy when it slips the hostess's mind. The dialogue is rich in Spanish phrases ("-Qu? boba soy! Silly me"), descriptions of Mexican food and images of a boisterous extended family "Where there's room in the heart, there's room in the house even for a mouse," Rosa Maria concludes. Cepeda wraps up this festive volume by showing how the well-meaning vandals have put their loot to use by throwing a mouse party of their own. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.