The Amazing and True Story of Tooth Mouse Pérez

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10.1 X 8.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Ana Cristina Herreros, a philologist and folklore specialist, combines her work as an editor with her day job as a professional storyteller, performing under the name Ana Griott since 1992. In addition to running her own publishing house, Libros de las Malas Compañías, she has written several books about folktales, including The True Story of a Mouse Who Never Asked for It (a New York Times Best Children's Book of 2021), which is also illustrated by Violeta Lópiz.

Violeta Lópiz is a Spanish illustrator currently living in Peru. She has illustrated numerous books, including three with Enchanted Lion: The Forest (a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2018), The True Story of a Mouse Who Never Asked for It (a New York Times Best Children's Book of 2021), and At the Drop of a Cat. She has participated in exhibitions in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Israel, Turkey, USA, Japan, Korea, and more. El Cultural, the supplement of El Mundo, considers her one of the top ten names of contemporary Spanish illustration. Her work can be found in books, newspapers, and the thousands of notebooks that she leaves scattered around.

Sara Lissa Paulson learned Spanish in the streets of Sevilla with Antonio Marín Márquez, his bandmates, friends, and family. There, she got her first translation job at age 19 for a local music zine. Her degrees are in Comparative Literature, Spanish, Bilingual Education, and Library Science. She has worked as a children's librarian in NYC's alternative elementary and high schools for over 21 years, reading aloud day in and day out, and teaches future librarians of all ages at Queens College's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.


★ "An examination of that universal milestone signaling maturation--losing a tooth--that also offers a tongue-in-cheek history of tooth collection... Lópiz's softly textured compositions, populated by Lionni-esque rodents, offer whimsical scenes that readers will linger over. In a brilliant parody of Diego Velázquez's Las Meninas, Pérez's daughters, decked out in cupcake liner skirts, confer in a candy shop that mirrors the setting of its inspiration. Herreros' experience as a professional storyteller comes through clearly. Although the text, translated from Spanish and drawing from actual Spanish myths, may seem wordy, Herreros' deadpan tone, second-person form of address, and folktale cadences will keep listeners rapt. A deeply humorous, beautifully imaginative celebration of growing up." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Warm, densely textured drawings by Lópiz provide notes of cheery surrealism, as a Tooth Mouse wears a chef's toque the size of a molar and winged entities dance across the surface of a vinyl record." --Publishers Weekly