Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.99
  • Save: $4.06 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (Pura Belpre Medal Book Illustrator (Awards)) Hardcover – September 1, 2003


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$11.93
$7.94 $0.01

Showcase%20Weekly%20Deal


Frequently Bought Together

Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (Pura Belpre Medal Book Illustrator (Awards)) + Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book + Ladder to the Moon
Price for all three: $38.00

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Series: Pura Belpre Medal Book Illustrator (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Library Binding edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811837580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811837583
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 2. What's an old woman to do when a skeleton pays her a birthday visit and beckons her to "come along"? Grandma Beetle, the heroine of this joyful book by the illustrator of Harvesting Hope [BKL Je 1 & 15 03], stalls for time. "Just a minute," she says; there's something she needs to do. One chore leads to another, but the skeleton can't mask his enthusiasm as Grandma cooks, fills pinatas, and performs other tasks, each one linked to a number from 1 to 10, uno to diez. Eventually nueve grandchildren arrive for Grandma's birthday party, and guess who else is invited? Even if children don't grasp the implications of the skeleton's visit, they'll enjoy seeing him join the fun, and when he extends Grandma's lease on life, the relieved, loving embrace she gives her grandchildren will satisfy young ones at a gut level. Like the text, the rich, lively artwork draws strongly upon Mexican culture, with hints of Diego Rivera in Grandma's robust form, and the skeleton resembling the whimsical figurines often seen in Day of the Dead folk art. The splendid paintings and spirited storytelling--along with useful math and multicultural elements--augur a long, full life for this original folktale. Jennifer Mattson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Review

Winking and nodding as she goes, a Latino grandmother will charm readers as she charms Death Himself in this original counting-cum-trickster tale...Kirkus Reviews

Winking and nodding as she goes, a Latino grandmother will charm readers as she charms Death Himself in this original counting-cum-trickster tale. When skeletal Senor Calavera appears at the door, Grandma Beetle bids him wait while she sweeps ONE house ('UNO'), makes TWO pots of tea ('DOS'), grinds THREE pounds of corn for tortillas ('TRES'), and so on, culminating in a festive birthday party at which Senor Calavera finds himself guest number TEN ('DIEZ'). As Grandma, round and brown, with sparkles in her eyes and gray hair both, bustles about, the expression on Senor Calavera's sugar-skull face grows more and more hilariously impatient -- but by party's end, he's departed, leaving a thank-you note promising to be back for Grandma Beetle's next birthday. Lit with dancing lines and warm colors, Morales' illustrations enhance the appeal of this winning story even further. - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

What's an old woman to do when a skeleton pays her a birthday visit and beckons her to "come along"? Grandma Beetle, the heroine of this joyful book by the illustrator of Harvesting Hope, stalls for time. "Just a minute," she says; there's something she needs to do. One chore leads to another, but the skeleton can't mask his enthusiasm as Grandma cooks, fills pinatas, and performs other tasks, each one linked to a number from 1 to 10, uno to diez. Eventually nueve grandchildren arrive for Grandma's birthday party, and guess who else is invited? Even if children don't grasp the implications of the skeleton's visit, they'll enjoy seeing him join the fun, and when he extends Grandma's lease on life, the relieved, loving embrace she gives her grandchildren will satisfy young ones at a gut level. Like the text, the rich, lively artwork draws strongly upon Mexican culture, with hints of Diego Rivera in Grandma's robust form, and the skeleton resembling the whimsical figurines often seen in Day of the Dead folk art. Along with their useful math and multicultural elements, the splendid art and spiritual storytelling auger a long, full life for this original folktale. - Booklist, starred review


More About the Author

Born in Mexico and raised among giant grandmothers, mossy house walls, and rampaging feral gardens, Yuyi Morales fostered a strong bond with the magical stories that ran in her family. Since having immigrated to the USA in 1994, she has drawn from her family's legacy and her heritage to create some of the most celebrated Latino works for children's books.

Yuyi is the 2004 winner of the Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration for her book Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book as well as the 2008 winner for Los Gatos Black on Halloween (written by Marissa Montes), given to a Latino illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
.
Her book Harvesting Hope; The story of Cesar Chavez (written by Kathell Krull), was the recipient of the Christopher Award and the Jane Adams Award, and was deemed one of the best books of 2003 by Child Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and School Library Journal.

Yuyi is also the creator of ALA notable book, Little Night, co-released in Spanish as Nochecita, and winner of the 2008 SCBWI Golden Kite Medal.
Some of other recognitions her work has received include the Americas Award, the California book Award, and the Tomas Rivera Award won in 2004 and 2008.

Asked about her work Yuyi says, "I strive to capture the incredible beauty of the every day forms using textures and colors as another way to reveal the heart of the story. I also pursue glow and luminosity with resolve. If I could ask for a talent, it would be to become a color genius."

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
18
4 star
6
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 25 customer reviews
Beautifully written and illustrated story.
Jan S. Wilson
Better still, for every English number pronounced there's a Spanish one for easy translation.
E. R. Bird
This book was a good read and it kept you wondering what Grandma Beetle had to do next.
Dani

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Yuyi Morales is having a great year. After creating a series of deft and meaningful illustrations for Kathleen Krull's heartfelt Cesar Chavez picture book, "Harvesting Hope", she wrote and illustrated a second 2003 Pura Belpre winner. "Just a Minute" is both a trickster tale and a basic counting story. Taking the dark conceit of outwitting death through meticulous partying, the story is a delightful dance with the macabre.

It is Grandma Beetle's birthday, and a most unexpected guest is at the door. Standing as nice as you please is Senor Galavera. The handsome skeleton informs the older woman that it is just about time for her to go away with him. Grandma Beetle delays him, asking to have time to sweep her ONE house. Then she has TWO pots of tea to boil. Next, it's THREE pounds of corn to make into tortillas. As more and more time goes by the previously patient Senor Galavera becomes more and more impatient. Finally, it's party time and the finicky skeleton finds that he's had so much fun that he'll be sure to come back for Grandma Beetle's birthday at the same time next year.

Who can resist the idea of outwitting Death himself through a simple counting game? Better still, for every English number pronounced there's a Spanish one for easy translation. But as fine an author as Ms. Morales is, she's an even better illustrator. First of all, Senor Galavera is a fabulous site. Anyone familiar with a skeleton from the Day of the Dead will appreciate his appearance. Sporting a jaunty fedora and a delicately detailed body, he's really quite attractive. His mouth is a series of blue and orange alternating stripes. His eyes are the stars of the anise seed. Better yet, along his vertebrate, forearms, forehead, and kneecaps are tiny intricate details.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It doesn't matter which language you speak, you'll enjoy this hilarious trickster tale. Grandma Beetle tricks and annoys the strange skeleton, Senor Calavera, by saying, "Just a minute!" over and over again. The skeleton, who never speaks, may have been there to take her life. Each time she delays Senor Calavera, something funny and interesting happens. The sly look in Grandma Beetle's eyes lets you know that she is tricking Senor Calavera. Recommended for people of all ages, but use carefully with young children who may be afraid of skeletons.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dani on November 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I found this children's book to have a very grown up meaning dealing with death. Senor Calavara has come to take Grandma Beetle into the afterlife when he knocks on her door. However, Grandma Beetle has some tricks up her sleeves for Senor Calavara. Grandma Beetle is clever as she make Senor Calavara wait "just a minute" until she reaches all ten of her daily chores and is ready to go. The pictures show the chores Grandma Beetle had to do before she was ready to go and just how impatient Senor Calavara was getting with each chore. I enjoyed the bright colors used in the pictures throughout the book. I also liked seeing the numbers in English and in Spanish to show the children how the numbers go together in sequence. This book was a good read and it kept you wondering what Grandma Beetle had to do next.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Rose on December 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I use this book for movement, we create a movement for each job that Grandma has to do. The students love it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Brittany123 on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When first glancing at the cover page, I was bit confused as to what the plot would be about. As I kept reading through this non-fiction picture book, I began to see that this was a very fun and creative counting book for children in which brings both Spanish and English into the text. This was also a plot driven book in which we start off with a problem, go through a few obstacles, and then end with a resolution.

Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's house saying that it's time to go. In return, Grandma Beetle starts off by saying "Just a minute Senor Calavera, I just have one house to sweep." Next Grandma Beetle continues with her chores, increasing the number of things to do as you turn the page. As the book is increasing in the number of things to do around the house, you will notice that there are pictures with exactly however many items the text is pertaining to. The illustrations are so bright and vibrant; very colorful as well. At the end of the book Grandma Beetle is finally finished with her chores as it's now time for her birthday party. Senor Calavaras was to make guest number ten at the dinner table, yet he has disappeared. He therefore has left a letter saying that he had a blast at the party with Grandma Beetle, and that he will be back next year.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Angelise23 on November 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This Trickster Tale and Counting Book is an amazing marriage of math and Spanish translation, wrapped up beautifully in an explosion of colorful fun. Each page is full of action and colorful detailed drawings, used to engross readers of all ages. Grandma Beetle uses counting and tricks to confuse and delay the inevitable with Senor Calavera. My personal favorite part of this book is the little black and white kitty that can be found on every page! He's just like my black and white cat, always in the thick of it, curious about the comings and goings on in the house. The smart use of Spanish and English together helps students of all languages learn something new. The examples of family and love portrayed in "Just a Minute!" are beautiful representations of a culture not known to every child. It's nice to see the love and energy brought by Grandma Beetle to her daily life and her family in a children's book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?