In El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! by Donna Barba Higuera, Ramón is too nervous for his first day of school to go to bed. His monster, El Cucuy (el ku-koo-ee), who lives in the cactus pot, can’t get to sleep either. Together, they work through their anxieties about living in a new home in a healthy, affirming way. It’s great to see a book where their feelings are validated and respected, but also they work toward overcoming their fears of new beginnings. Great for kids who recently moved to a new home or are starting their first day of school!
–Kaycee, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT
Last night, booksellers from around the region got to hear Donna Barba Higuera talk about El Cucuy and other stories, legends, monsters, and delights– including her new YA book that releases October 12, 2o21: The Last Cuentista! She was one of the wonderful speakers at a dinner at the PNBA Fall Show, a tradeshow for booksellers, librarians, authors, and publishers.