Fiesta Fiasco

Fiesta Fiasco

by Ethan Long, Ann Whitford Paul
     
 

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There is another desert party in the works in this spicy companion book to Mañana, Iguana. This time it is Snake's birthday, and Iguana, Tortoise, and Rabbit are shopping for birthday gifts to bring to his fiesta. But what presents would they buy for Snake? In a sneaky twist, Rabbit convinces them to buy gifts that aren't for Snake at all-but for himself! With…  See more details below

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There is another desert party in the works in this spicy companion book to Mañana, Iguana. This time it is Snake's birthday, and Iguana, Tortoise, and Rabbit are shopping for birthday gifts to bring to his fiesta. But what presents would they buy for Snake? In a sneaky twist, Rabbit convinces them to buy gifts that aren't for Snake at all-but for himself! With a clever text, a spattering of Spanish vocabulary, and lively illustrations, this author-illustrator team presents quite the fiesta fiasco. Glossary included.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Iguana, Conjeo, Culebra, and Tortuga return for another amusing adventure. It is Culebra's birthday and each of his friends wants to buy him the perfect regalo (present). In shopping for the gifts Conejo has his own ideas about what would be the perfect gift. The wily rabbit convinces his friends to buy a sombrero, a camisa (shirt) and pantelones (pants) for their friend snake. At the fiesta a disappointed Culebra points out that he likes the sun and would not want to cover his head, and he has no need of a shirt or pants. When Conejo is too eager to take the gifts himself, all the animals realize they have been tricked. Banished from the rest of the celebration, Conjeo comes up with a clever solution that shows he has learned just what it means to be a good friend. Conjeo's apology is just in time to share in the torta and sing Feliz Cumpleanos. A spicy hot palette of orange, yellow, and green on pristine white background focuses attention on the comical cartoon characters. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the text of this delightful and playful tale of friendship. The spirited story is a fitting sequel to Manana Iguana.
School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 3 - The four friends from Mañana, Iguana(Holiday House, 2004)-Conejo (a rabbit), Iguana, Culebra (a snake), and Tortuga (a tortoise)-return for another adventure, this time to celebrate Culebra's birthday. Conejo convinces his pals to buy gifts according to his own taste, and not according to what their friend might like. Poor Tortuga ends up buying a shirt, Iguana gets a sombrero, and Conejo chooses a pair of pants. Conejo puts on each item as the snake explains that he can't use the clothes and the three friends finally figure out what the rabbit has done. They send him off without playing any party games like Pin the Tale on the Coyote and Musical Rocks. Conejo makes amends by returning with the gifts that Culebra really would like and the four reconcile. The text is peppered with Spanish words defined in a glossary in the front of the book. A fiery palette enlivens the simple cartoon artwork set in the desert. The scenes are fun to look at, such as the cacti sporting balloons as fiesta decorations and the boom box belting tunes. A welcome addition to most libraries.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA

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Kirkus Reviews
In this espa-ol-laced trickster tale featuring the cast from Ma-ana, Iguana (2004), Conejo the rabbit "helps" Iguana and Tortuga select singularly unsuitable gifts, like a shirt, for Culebra the snake's cumplea-os (birthday). The tortoise and lizard have their doubts, but go along-and like the snake are so outraged at Conejo's disingenuous offer to wear the clothes himself that they chase him away from the fiesta until he exchanges the duds for better presents. Long places his pop-eyed, blunt-nosed cartoon figures in a sere desert setting, and closes with a look ahead to Conejo's birthday fiesta-at which (unsurprisingly, considering that he'd already tipped his hand) he gets exactly what he wanted. Like its predecessor, this sunny tale offers a pronunciation glossary, plus artful translations in context and in the pictures, that will help to acquaint younger children with both the sound of Spanish, and a few words of the language. (Picture book. 6-8)
From the Publisher
"a creatively executed original trickster tale."

"A welcom additon."

"The characters of Manana, Iguana return in this humorous and entertaining tale."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823420377
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,147,716
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ethan Long is a freelance illustrator who works in many different styles, including mixed media, linework, and airbrush. He illustrated "The Confessions and Secrets of Howard J. Fingerhut" by Esther Hershenhorn. He lives in Orlando, Florida. To learn more about Ethan, visit his Web site at www.ethanlong.com.

Ann Whitford Paul was a social worker before becoming a writer. Kirkus Reviews called her text for
Mañana Iguana “clever” and said it is “an excellent chance for young readers ... to learn some Spanish vocabulary.” Ann Whitford Paul writes poetry, picture books, and easy readers for children. Some of the picture books she wrote are "The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork," "All by Herself," and "Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet." She lives in southern California.

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