By: School Library Journal,
- August 15, 2012
"The Mañana Iguana gang is back in this book by Ann Whitford Paul (Holiday House, 2007). Culebra (snake), Conejo (rabbit), Tortuga (tortoise), and Iguana are going to a fiesta. It's Culebra's birthday and the others want to get presents for him. They have good ideas, but Conejo forces his suggestions on his friends for gifts that are not snake-appropriate-a hat, shirt, and pair of pants. Since Culebra can't use them, Conejo appropriates the sombrero, camisa, and pantalones for himself but, shunned by his friends, he returns them for the original regalos they wanted to buy. Children will enjoy Ethan Long's bright, rounded watercolor-and-pencil illustrations as they listen to Brian and Rosi Amador perform the story with energy and a smile, giving distinct voices to each character and presenting the Spanish-language words (nicely defined in the text and in an accompanying glossary) with brío. Light original music with a Mexican flavor dances in the background. A delightful production."
By: Booklist Magazine,
- September 15, 2012
"The four friends from Mañana, Iguana (also available from Live Oak and read by Brian Amador and Rosi Amador) celebrate Culebra's (Snake) birthday. Brian and Rosi Amador's tandem narration fits the characters; Brian Amador voices Tortuga (Turtle) in deep, slow-paced tones and trickster Conejo (Rabbit) in a more vibrant, upbeat manner, and Rosi Amador competently handles Iguana's role. Spanish words scattered throughout the text are highlighted through the readers' slight Spanish accents. The glossary, read by both narrators before the story begins, helps listeners understand the words and the Spanish pronunciations. When Conejo convinces Tortuga and Iguana to buy inappropriate gifts for Culebra's birthday, sound effects (clicking coins when presents are purchased, for example) and atmospheric background music enhance the story line. The combination of lively narration, a clever story, and gouache-pencil illustrations of the desert setting and cartoonlike animals makes this a fiesta that kids shouldn't miss. The price includes a hardcover book."
- October 1, 2012
"When Culebra (Snake) prepares to celebrate his cumpleanos (birthday), Conejo (Rabbit), Tortuga (Tortoise), and Iguana shop together for regalos (presents). Selfish Conejo tricks his friends into purchases that might not be suitable for Culebra, but when he is left out of the celebration, Conejo changes his tune. Brian and Rosi Amador narrate with the impeccable enunciation and leisurely pacing necessary for youngsters to appreciate both the humor of this trickster tale and the combination of Spanish and English text. Each narrator brings personality to the friends—an especially slow-speaking and deep-voiced Tortuga and an alternately animated and dejected Conejo. Festive music accompanies the fiesta." A.R. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2012]