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Diego and his sister Gabriela argue over their new dog Sofie. But
it''s only when Sofie gets really sick that they find out who their
tortilla-loving pup really belongs to. This is a bilingual book for
kids and dogs and even their parents. Once again, Benjamin Alire
Sáenz shows he understands the chemistry and dynamics of family,
this time with a dog stirring up the recipe. Little Diego and
Gabriela first appeared in Sáenz and Geronimo Garcia''s
best-selling title ''A Gift from Papá Diego''. "Garcia''s signature
folk-inspired, sculpted clay illustrations depict a lovably goofy
little mutt; rounded shapes-heads, dog bed, tortillas and
more-combine with a warm palette to create a cozy, comforting
atmosphere that reflects the traditions of Mexican-American family
life described in the dual English/Spanish narrative. A universal
message with a Latino flavor." ? ''Kirkus'' "Sáenz''s text almost
makes the book read like a short story?one that ably portrays
mischievous sibling dynamics, a love of animals and the ways
families come together during difficult times. Set against colorful
solid backdrops, Garcia''s clay artwork has an appropriately homey
quality that keeps the focus on the siblings and their beloved
pet." ? ''Publishers Weekly'' "A captivating bilingual book with
close family relationships and unconditional love at its core." ?
''Library Journal'' Benjamin Alire Sáenz received three starred
''Publishers Weekly'' reviews in 2008?one for his young adult novel
''He Forgot to Say Goodbye'' (Simon & Schuster) and two for his
illustrated book ''A Perfect Season for Dreaming'' (Cinco Puntos
Press). Long at the forefront of the emerging Latino literature in
the United States, he has received both the Wallace Stegner and
Lannan fellowships, and he is a recipient of the American Book
Award. His young adult novel ''Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood''
was named one of the Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults in 2005.