"In a lovely double-page spread, the animal and Maria, fan in hand, show off their graceful moves… Memories of another famous bull, Ferdinand, come to mind as beauty bests fighting." - Kirkus Reviews
"A tenacious and inspirational young protagonist...Readers will root for Maria and feel inspired to think of creative ways to tackle everyday obstacles in their lives. An awesome read-aloud choice." - School Library Journal
"…An object lesson in both thinking outside the box and in relying on determination over brute strength...Repeated, rhythmic phrasing and emphasis augmented by creative typography give the story about a girl who feels free to change the rules some readaloud punch." - Publishers Weekly
"A beautiful story about courage and kindness that would be perfect alongside Munro Leaf's classic The Story of Ferdinand." - Booklist
"…The delicacy with which bull and matador stretch, arc, and vogue through their performance will set picture-book viewers swaying in their seats. Pass around the capes, and ¡Baila!" - BCCB
"[T]he premise is clever and the illustrations intriguing…" - Kirkus Reviews
“will appeal to children and grown-ups alike… A visually appealing book about people and their pets that will fare well as a read-aloud or for one-on-one sharing.” -School Library Journal
“A girl observing human and canine companions as she meanders through a posh neighborhood comes to the obvious conclusion that “some dogs and their people look alike, and others could not be more different,” but “everyone somehow seems to have found their perfect match.” Lambelet (Maria the Matador) conveys this conceit in sophisticated yet spare watercolor, pencil, and digital art featuring subtle patterns, a cubist flair, and a cool palette against which the young narrator’s rose-hued coat pops. Droll, playfully exaggerated images underscore the likenesses and dissimilarities in the pets’ and owners’ physical appearances and deportment. Dapper Lord Banberry, wearing a bowler and smoking a pipe, sports a bushy mustachio and an entitled aura that rival those of his schnauzer; on another spread, a haughty, stout woman holds the leash of her quivering, scrawny pup. Occasionally, Lambelet moves beyond physical attributes and attitudes, capturing endearing shared moments: a woman reads a book on an outdoor bench while her dog peruses a newspaper beside her, and a boy and corgi (wearing identical sailor hats) simultaneously lick an ice cream cone. A leisurely paced, diverting stroll through town. Ages 4–8. Agent: Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, Red Fox Literary.” -Publishers Weekly
“…the art is gorgeous in its elegance, employing muted colors and sophisticated design.” -Booklist
Liam loved his father’s stories of life at sea. But one day, his father’s ship doesn’t return, and Liam’s love of stories fades. Then the Traveler, a mysterious old man who spins stories with a magical beard like a tapestry, arrives, reminding Liam of his father. They embark on the Traveler’s final voyage together, and before the journey ends, the Traveler passes on his magical gift to Liam.
Woven with themes of loss, discovery, and friendship, this poignant tale captures the unexpected magic of shared stories and refound hope.