|Carmela full of wishes|
Author: de la Pena, Matt
Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 198341
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/18)
School Library Journal (09/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/18)
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School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—Today is Carmela's birthday, the long-awaited milestone that means she may accompany her brother to town. To Carmela, this is a wonderful adventure despite the mundane nature of the trip—washing clothes at the laundromat. Naturally, her brother would rather go alone, and finds Carmela's enthusiasm exasperating. When she finds a dandelion, he stops her just before she blows the seeds away and tells her that she needs to make a wish first. The simple weed becomes a powerful talisman for the child, and she holds it tightly, helping one-handed with the laundry as she contemplates the perfect wish. Carmela's ideas about what to wish for realistically range from an endless supply of candy to, "Imagining her mom sleeping in one of those fancy hotel beds she spent all day making for fancy guests." And, "Imagining her dad getting his papers fixed so he could finally be home." Each of her dreams is cunningly portrayed as a papel picado flag. Robinson's textural cut paper and paint collages portray a busy neighborhood and make even the most prosaic settings sing with life and beauty. When a stumble causes Carmela to lose her dandelion and all the wishes that it represents, her brother comes to her aid and shows her, and readers, something truly beautiful. The ending is just open-ended enough to satisfy while leaving plenty of room for discussion. VERDICT Carmela's journey of wishing, waiting, and wanting resonates on many levels; an important addition to bookshelves everywhere.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/15/2018 Carmela is excited for birthday pancakes and “jingling and jangling” bracelets as a gift. Best of all, she’s now old enough to accompany her brother on her scooter to the laundromat, the bodega, and the locksmith. Carmela’s sibling is disgruntled with her company, and he finds her noisy jewelery annoying. When she picks a dandelion that’s gone to seed, he impatiently explains she should make a wish before blowing on it: “Everyone knows that.” While considering what to wish, the young girl holds her prize securely until there’s an accident. Carmela sadly believes she’s lost her chance to make things better for her family—her mother is a hotel housekeeper and her father is waiting to get “his papers fixed so he could finally be home.” Big brother comes to the rescue by giving her the opportunity for a multitude of wishes. The acrylic paint, collage, and digitalized illustrations offer plenty of color and details to entertain children as even the youngest member of this close-knit Hispanic family does her part to improve their lives. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.