Work Title: Lupe Vargas y Su Super Mejor Amiga (Lupe Vargas and Her Super Best Friend)
Work Author(s): Amy Costales; Alexandra Artigas, illustrator
32 pages, Hardcover $15.95
Children's Picture Book
Reviewer: Naomi Millan
Maritza Garcia and Lupe Vargas are confident, adventurous, and unstoppable. That may be why they're super best friends. On any given day in their sunny suburban neighborhood, the pair might be spotted doing anything from riding the seven seas from the mast of an oak tree to pretending to be research scientists searching for frog mutations in Mrs. Ramirez's fishpond.
It seems the imaginative pair are inseparable until a dispute over a magic potion they've concocted arises: "Maritza complained, but Lupe insisted. Then she insisted a little bit more. Actually, she pushed Maritza. So Maritza took the potions and dumped them on Lupe. And Lupe, with magic potion dripping from her braids, threw a pitcher at her super best friend Maritza Garcia." Lupe must figure out how to apologize, and Maritza how to forgive the offense.
This is the author's first book. She has taught Spanish and bilingual education for eleven years, and says she was inspired to write books one day while spontaneously translating Ira Sleeps Over to a bilingual class. She realized how little the story correlated with her students' lives and decided to tell the stories of the kids she knew. "These kids shared rooms, shared beds, drank horchata, sucked on tamarind candy, spoke Spanish, wore...