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On a recent trip to Vermont, I bought The Lady Matador’s Hotel by Cristina Garcia because I loved the cover. The story certainly looked like something I would enjoy, but honestly I would have bought the book for the cover alone. I kept it on my bookshelf, facing out so I could enjoy the cover for a few weeks, before I decided to read it. It only stayed off the shelf for a day or two. The book is a beautifully written page-turner. It is powerful and lush, full of pain, sorrow, politics and passion. Garcia has woven together six seemingly discrete stories focused on fascinating characters whose lives intersect at a luxury hotel during a week celebrating the battle of the Lady Matadors. Writing about it makes me want to read it again. Off the shelf it comes.Among the early praise for My Side of the Car:
I tend to go back and forth between reading novels for adults with books that are “supposed to be” for children. I highlight supposed to be because I often find the books geared toward young adults and tweens as engaging as most of the adult literature I read, which makes me wonder why they are supposed to be for children and not all of us. I recently...[read on]
"One continuous smile of a story."Watch the video trailer for My Side of the Car.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Based on the father-and-daughter creative teams real-life events, this joyful, well-paced title offers an ode to imaginative perspectives, all winningly illustrated in the watercolor-and-pencil artwork, and will read aloud well to a crowd."
--Andrew Medlar, Booklist
"...we are treated to one of the sweetest sentences I've come across in a kids' book in quite a while: "My dad keeps driving."
--Sarah M. Earle, Concord Monitor
"...one of the best little picture books to hit the market all year. A fun, beautifully illustrated, original concept with a great idea and some top-notch writing."
--Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production
Kate Feiffer is the author of several children’s books, including Double Pink, illustrated by Bruce Ingman; President Pennybaker and My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life, both illustrated by Diane Goode; The Problem with Puddles, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and Henry the Dog with No Tail and My Side of the Car, both illustrated by her father, Jules Feiffer.
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