Roberto's Trip to the Top (Paperback)

By John B. Paterson Jr., John B. Paterson Sr, Renato Alarcao (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763647551, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 24, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (8/11/2009)

List Price: 6.99*
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"A young kid’s exciting cable-car ride forms the drama in this lively picture book . . . sprinkled with Spanish words."—BOOKLIST (Ages 4-9)

Today is the day! Finally Roberto will take his trip on the teleférico to the top of El Ávila, the mountain overlooking his village. Since Papá has to work, Tío Antonio will go with his nephew, who makes sure to pack his camera so he can share the sights later with Papá. Up, up, the cable car goes, over gasp-inducing ravines, to an exciting new world of vendors, animals, and a spectacular view of Caracas below. Beautifully illustrated and offering a Spanish-English glossary at the end, here is a warmhearted tale of a little boy’s first big adventure without his parents.

About the Author

John B. Paterson Jr. and John B. Paterson Sr., father-and-son authors, based this story on their own 1970s trip to Caracas, where they rode the very teleférico featured in the book. John Sr. also collaborated with his wife, Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Paterson, on CONSIDER THE LILIES, IMAGES OF GOD, and BLUEBERRIES FOR THE QUEEN. They live in Barre, Vermont. John Jr., a first-time author, lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Renato Alarcão has illustrated many children’s books, including RED RIDIN' IN THE HOOD AND OTHER CUENTOS by Patricia Santos Marcantonio. He lives in Brazil.