Masterful storytelling and gorgeous paintings of the beautiful heroine and her beloved dog, Pipiolo, hallmark the debut of a talented new team. Lupe and Pipiolo cannot imagine what life must be like for the roof dogs-the guard dogs set out on the small, hot concrete roofs of their town in Mexico. Pipiolo, a rascal and a deep thinker, orchestrates their escape with an act of daring and bravura that makes him the savior of the roof dogs. The rich yet piquant narration will hold young audiences rapt. The vivid paintings, glowing with warm desert colors, bring the heroic Pipiolo to life in broad swaths and tender details. Readers will revel in this inspired tale of "Tierra y Libertad!"
Tavo, named for his father Gustavo, plays basketball so much that his sneakers are worn out. His father is too worried about the drought afflicting their small village to focus on replacing them. Gustavo thinks he can solve the water shortage, but the other villagers say he’s crazy. Tavo puts aside basketball to help prove his father right. In return, something miraculous happens to his sneakers, and he’s the hero of the next game. Did the magic come from his shoes, or was it in his heart all along? Brian Meunier’s outstanding storytelling makes this a captivating read-aloud; while Perky Edgerton’s extraordinary paintings make it a visual treat.