La Llorona Can’t Scare Me/La Llorona no me asusta

Piñata. Oct. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781558859241.
K-Gr 2–An excellent introduction to legends and characters from Hispanic folklore. As Damián gets ready for bed, he hears the cries of La Llorona right outside his window: “Ay, mis hijos...” But Damián doesn’t even blink. Instead, he boldly declares to La Llorona that she doesn’t scare him one bit. La Llorona recruits her friends to see if maybe they can strike fear into Damián, and one by one they appear: lechuzas, duendes, chupacabras, ghosts, and more make their way to the boy’s room, determined to spook him. And each time, Damián asserts that he is not afraid, and they can’t scare him. Unsuccessful, La Llorona and her friends ask Damián why he is not afraid of them, and he doesn’t hesitate to reveal his ingenious secret. Striking color illustrations bring these cryptids to life, and the bilingual English-Spanish text is fun to read and provides a way for children to familiarize themselves with cultural words and phrases as they encounter the different characters.
VERDICT A fun and unique addition to bilingual picture book collections that is sure to keep readers entertained.

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