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A heartfelt picture book based on the author-illustrator's own experiences, about a boy who moves to the U.S. mainland from Puerto Rico and realizes that New York City might have more in common with San Juan than he initially thought.
Miguel's pet frog, Coquí, is always with him: as he greets his neighbors in San Juan, buys quesitos from the panadería, and listens to his abuelo's story about meeting baseball legend Roberto Clemente. Then Miguel learns that he and his parents are moving to the U.S. mainland, which means leaving his beloved grandparents, home in Puerto Rico, and even Coquí behind. Life in New York City is overwhelming, with unfamiliar buildings, foods, and people. But when he and Mamá go exploring, they find a few familiar sights that remind them of home, and Miguel realizes there might be a way to keep a little bit of Puerto Rico with him--including the love he has for Coquí--wherever he goes.
About the Author
Nomar Perez was born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, in the city of Ponce, and moved with his parents and five siblings to Ohio when he was ten. Nomar is heavily influenced by all types of media, most especially animation, puppetry, and computer art. He studied computer animation and painting at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and since then has worked as an illustrator on social expression products in the categories of humor, children's, and young adult. Nomar has also illustrated numerous children's board books and school publishing books. Coquí in the City is his author-illustrator debut.
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books
* “Perez lavishly portrays San Juan and New York City with beautiful artwork and crafts a tale that is sure to ring true to many children.”—School Library Connection, starred review
“Perez draws upon his own childhood experience of moving from Puerto Rico to Ohio, capturing the emotional experience of moving, adjusting, and remembering one’s culture and origins. Bright, bustling cartoon illustrations offer readers plenty to look at as they take in the two distinct cities alongside Miguel.”—Booklist
“The happy and positive message that not all new beginnings are to be feared is a welcome one.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Vivid spreads bring Miguel’s entwined trepidation and awe to life, resulting in a reassuring narrative.”—Publishers Weekly
“Vibrant, colorful illustrations depict the life and beauty of Puerto Rico and the rich diversity that can be found in Miguel’s new neighborhood. . . . and conveys the excitement, sadness, and new possibilities that Miguel experiences. This is a wonderful book with a comforting message, perfect for sharing with young readers who are experiencing big changes. . . . A strong choice for all collections.”—School Library Journal