The day before Christmas, everyone in Jose’s neighborhood seems grumpy, including his mother who is homesick for Puerto Rico, but when he and his parents return from the pizzeria where they borrowed an oven to cook their roast, the heavenly aroma reminds those they pass of all they have to celebrate.
Best friends Ella, Maddy, and Marmalade the cat have different reactions when neighbor Toby comes over to play with them.
The death of Bob’s cat prompts his friends and family to give him a surprise birthday party and a very special present.
When Yoshi’s neighbor, Sabu, the eel broiler, attempts to charge him for the delicious smelling aromas he has been enjoying, Yoshi hatches a plan to enrich them both.
At No. 1, Mrs. McQueen
Her house is large and painted green,
And inside there resides a Queen,
With royal ears and regal chin,
She always wears a noble grin.
For every child born to one of her friends, Annette Fienieg used to make a colorfully decorated teeshirt, with a character you would fall in love with.
Now it is time to introduce those creations – Mrs. McQueen Fifi LaPointe, Johnny Deck, Lightfingers Louie and more– to a wider audience. From the same team who produced The Man in the Clouds.
When Karl buys an orphaned bunny at the pet shop, he is met with a less than friendly reception at home. The little boy decided to give Spike to grumpy Mr. Gribble, who lives upstairs. Karl notices a change in his neighbour as Spike slowly nibbles her way through Mr. Gribble’s apartment and into his heart.
Bradley McGogg makes his home in the bog where there are plenty of yummy bugs for a frog to feed on. But one day Bradley finds that his cupboard is bare. He turns to his neighbors to see if they will share their dinner with him. He soon finds that not all animals eat alike…With its infectious rhyming text and its enchanting art, Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog is bound to become a favorite with children and the people who try to feed them.
To get the “ratoncitos,” little mice who have moved into the barrio, to come to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more. Wisely, the mice bring along a canine friend who ensures that Chato eats tortillas and not them for dinner.
A collection of stories captures the lives of different teenagers growing up in the barrio, including Rita, who goes to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico; Luis, who spends his days working at his father’s junkyard; and Sandra, who tries to rediscover her natural Latino beauty.
Eve Bunting’s heartfelt story and David Diaz’s dramatic illustrations create a compelling child’s-eye view of urban violence. A young boy and his mother are forced to flee their apartment during a night of rioting in Los Angeles. Fires and looting force neighbors–who have always avoided one another–to come together in the face of danger and concern for their missing pets. David Diaz was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his bold acrylic paint and photo-collage illustrations.