From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Carlota, an orphan who looks to be about five or six, dreams of being adopted by "the best family in the world." Her fantasies are wistful, even outlandish, but believable for a child this age. She longs to "live in a pastry shop," or with a family of pirates, or circus performers, or even astronauts. Soon, she meets her adoptive family, a sweet, but rather typical-looking group. Here LÃ³pez and Wensell display their flair for conveying the essence of how a child's mind can work. Although Carlota's adoptive father is an insurance agent, not a pirate, "he loves digging for buried treasure in the vacant lot next door." Her mother, not a baker but a postal worker, sometimes brings her "a pastry for an afternoon snack." Carlota is pictured sprawling on a coach, her head on her mother's lap, munching on a treat. Her brother is a stand-in for astronauts when he decorates her ceiling with glow-in-the-dark stars. The illustrations feature vibrant color and capture Carlota's whimsical musings as well as her eventual joyful embrace of her new, loving relatives. Unlike numerous adoption stories that focus attention on the adoptive family's anticipation, this one explores the inner life of a child waiting to be adopted. The ending shows a very contented Carlota whose dreams have come true in a circuitous, but oh-so-satisfying, way.—Deborah Vose, East Middle School and South Middle School, Braintree, MA
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About the Author
Susana López was born in Madrid, Spain, and lives there today. She writes scripts for Spanish television and has won several awards for her work.
Ulises Wensell originally trained as a chemical engineer, but has won numerous international awards for his work as a self-taught painter and illustrator. In 2008, he was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and, in 2009, for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.