Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend

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$16.99  $15.80
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
5.8 X 7.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Janet Costa Bates is the author of Time for Bed, Old House, illustrated by AG Ford. Her grandparents, like Rica's ancestors, immigrated from Cape Verde. If she could have any pet, she would choose a beagle. Or maybe a giraffe. Janet Costa Bates lives in Massachusetts.

Gladys Jose is the illustrator of several books for young readers. She lives in Florida with her husband and daughter.
In this engaging and fast-paced narrative, Rica proves herself a smart protagonist with a big heart and great sense of humor. As she goes through her schemes, she offers lessons in responsibility. . . A satisfying story of friendship and kindness.
--Kirkus Reviews

Bates paints a vivid picture of Rica's family, folding in plenty of details of their Cape Verde heritage. . . . This heartening and optimistic chapter book emphasizes resourcefulness and resilience in the face of worry, themes sure to resonate with elementary-schoolers, and a final sweet twist is the perfect rosy note to end on.

The breezy chapter book, peppered with cartoon-style illustrations, is a fresh look at evergreen themes. . . . Rica's first-person narration is convincing and endearing.
--The Horn Book

This humorous and thoughtful book introduces a charismatic and clever heroine. . . Black-and-white illustrations complement the sweet plot and are sure to leave readers wishing for another chance to visit Rica's world. . . . A heartfelt story full of great characters that will encourage readers to keep trying, this is a wonderful addition to fiction collections for children.
--School Library Journal

Oh, garbanzo beans! You'll be sorry if you wait to meet big-hearted Rica, who discovers the joy of family, friendship, pets, and the power of finding her own voice.
--Megan McDonald, New York Times best-selling author of the Judy Moody series

Rica is a welcome addition to the chapter book scene--she's funny, determined, and kind. Readers will be rooting for Rica as she goes after her dream of getting a pet. I crown Rica Baptista the Queen of Trying!
--Debbi Michiko Florence, award-winning author of the Jasmine Toguchi series