The Runaway Tortilla

The Runaway Tortilla

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A sassy tortilla, so light she jumps off the griddle, leads an elaborate game of chase through the desert while taunting a passel of critters--two horned toads, three donkeys, four jackrabbits, five rattlesnakes, and six buckaroos. But has she met her match in Senor Coyote?show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 6mm | 349g
  • Westwinds Press
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1513260790
  • 9781513260792

Review quote

"'The Runaway Tortilla' is a classic takeoff on The Gingerbread Man traditional children's story, sort of the Southwestern equivalent featuring Hispanic, Native American influences, and desert animals, people, customs, and foods. The runaway tortilla begins as a perfect, fluffy, light tortilla made by Tio Jose and Tia Lupe at El Papagayo Feliz (the Happy Parrot) taqueria. When the adorable talking tortilla learns that she is destined to be eaten, she decides to escape her fate by running swiftly away, saying, "Run as fast as fast can be. You won't get a bite of me. Doesn't matter what you do, I'll be far ahead of you." A hilarious chase begins with Tio Jose and Tia Lupe chasing the runaway tortilla into the desert, soon followed by a cavalcade of animals, including seis vaqueros (six cowboys), cinco cascabeles (five rattlesnakes), cuartro conejos (four jackrabbits), tres burros (three burros), y dos sapos cornudos (and two horned toads). The runaway tortilla outruns them all and believes she is safe from being caught and eaten. Then she meets Senor Coyote, her nemesis. Coyote is very sly, using a devious trick to finally catch and eat the delicious, vain little runaway tortilla. All is illustrated in lovely soft desert hues, with comical expressive faces on all characters, animal, human and edible. The interweaving of Spanish terms is seamless in the narrative, inviting children ages 5 and up to enjoy this refreshing Southwestern American version of a beloved classic." -Children's Bookwatchshow more

About Eric A Kimmel

Award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel is a native of New York who taught teachers as a professor of Education at Indiana University at South Bend and Portland State University. His favorite classes were children's literature, language arts, storytelling, and handwriting. He left the university in 1993 to become a full-time writer, a dream he had had since kindergarten. Eric has written more than fifty books and has won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Honor Medal. He and his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon. Erik Brooks is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the Washington State Book Award winner, POLAR OPPOSITES, and the CBC/IRA Children's Choices Award winner, THE PRACTICALLY PERFECT PAJAMAS. His most recent illustrated book, SEA STAR WISHES, was selected as the July 2013 "Book of the Month" by US Children's Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt. From his home in Winthrop, Washington, Erik also writes and draws Harts Pass, a weekly comic strip for the Methow Valley News, visits schools and libraries around the country, and plays in the woods like a wolverine! erikbrooks.blogspot.comshow more

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125 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
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4 27% (34)
3 38% (47)
2 10% (12)
1 4% (5)
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