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Red Ridin' in the Hood and Other Cuentos

by Patricia Santos Marcantonio
Illustrated by Renato Alarcão

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
185 pages

Ages 8-12

Eleven well-known folk and fairy tales get a Latino look and feel in Patricia Santos Marcantonio’s delightful retellings. In “Red Ridin’ in the Hood,” smart young Roja is taking a shortcut down Forest Street when “Up rolled a glossy brown low-rider Chevy with licks of flame painted on the hood. It jolted up and down, the hydraulics making the driver’s large, hairy ears bounce.” “Emperador’s New Clothes” is set at Emiliano Zapata high school, where the coolest senior, Emperador Gómez, delights in putting others down for their lack of style. And when the “Three Chicharrones” go into real estate, a hungry dealmaker named Dinero Martinez is determined to cheat each one in turn out of everything he has. Many of Marcantonio’s fresh, lively stories are funny, but there are touching tales as well, and all remain true to the spirit of the originals. Each story features several mood-enhancing black-and-white illustrations by Renato Alarcão.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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