The Dog Who Loved Tortillas/La Perrita Que Le Encantaban Las Tortillas (Hardcover)

By Benjamin Alire Saenz, Geronimo Garcia (Illustrator)

Cinco Puntos Press, 9781933693545, 36pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2009



This is a bilingual book for kids and dogs and even their parents. Like all kids, Little Diego and his big sister Gabriela argue over their new dog Sofie. She belongs to me, says Diego. No, she's mine, says Gabriela. It's only when Sofie gets really sick that they find out who their tortilla-loving pup really belongs to. Once again, Benjamin Alire Saenz shows he understands the chemistry and dynamics of family, this time with a dog stirring up the recipe. The illustrations for "The Dog Who Loved Tortillas" are by Geronimo Garcia, who created the characters of Little Diego and Gabriela first introduced in Saenz's early best-selling title "A Gift from Papa Diego" (sixty thousand copies in print).

Benjamin Alire Saenz 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. Saenz lives in El Paso, Texas.

Geronimo Garcia is a highly successful and internationally recognized graphic designer. He lives in El Paso, Texas.

About the Author

Benjamin Alire Saenz is a novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children's books. He has received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship and an American Book Award. He teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso, and considers himself a fronterizo, a person of the border.

Praise For The Dog Who Loved Tortillas/La Perrita Que Le Encantaban Las Tortillas

"Garcia's signature folk-inspired, sculpted clay illustrations depict a lovably goofy little mutt. Rounded shaped-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 Reviews

"Sáenz’s text almost makes the book read like a short storyone that ably portrays mischievous sibling dynamics, a love of animals and the ways families come together during difficult times (Sofie falls ill at one point)." —Publisher's Weekly

"A captivating bilingual book with close family relationships and unconditional love at its core." —Library Journal

"Drawing on characters introduced in A Gift from Papa Diego, Diego, his big sister, Gabriela, and their parents return in this delightful story of two kids and their dog, Sophie, who is almost impossible to train until they discover her love for tortillas. This delightful bilingual tale is about sharing, family connections, and a cherished pet." —Tucson Citizen

"The clay-art figure illustrations are cheerful and add a high degree of interest. Elementary teachers will find the content appropriate for enrichment or in a unit about family relationships, although this dialogue-heavy book will require more than one class period for reading. Second and third year high school Spanish classes can use the text for work with the preterit and imperfect tenses." —Library Media Connection

"The vocabulary used in the story is advanced but not too challenging. The message is important because many kids today want pets but do not realize the responsibilities that come along with them, or how to provide them with proper care." —Oneota Reading Journal

"Benjamin Alire Sáenzs The Dog Who Loved Tortillas, with vibrant clay illustrations by Geronimo Garcia, will be a hit with any kid who has ever begged his parents for a dog." —New West