Thursday, July 2, 2009

Lavender in the Village Book

The new ‘adult cuento’ “Three Dog Night” by Grants author Cheryl Montoya and her husband Jerry Montoya will be featured at both Lavender in the Village July 11, at 2pm in the Village of Los Ranchos (north of Albuquerque) in the New Mexico Book Co-op booth in the Barn and the New Mexico History Museum Speigelberg Bookshop (113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe) on July 25, at 1pm during Contemporary Hispanic/Spanish Market. Both the author and illustrator will be at both of these events.
Reviewed by Reading New Mexico:
A cuento is a story generally passed from generation to generation. This one just happens to be for adults as Juan the Coyote, his love Maria, the local cantina girl, and his cousin Manuelito get involved in a triangular relationship. Manuelito is a bad influence on Juan and talks him into stealing a Maria's rooster that's expected to win the prize at the State Fair.
This is a fun story with charming illustrations that will make a nice gift to take home from New Mexico to the neighbors who watched your cat while you were gone or to give to your uncle that's impossible to buy for at Christmas.
However, I do have some problems with the formatting of the book combined with the contents. At 8.5 inches square, it has the appearance of a children's book. Yes, “Grown-ups” is boldly printed on the cover, but the formatting will guarantee that this book ends up mis-shelved in the children's section of the library or picked up by a well-meaning grandparent unaware that the story contains adult situations and language.
Three Dog Night is a great book for its intended audience and will bring a lot of laughs to the right readers. It does the traditional cuentos proud. -- Reading New Mexico, July 2009
The new book was released in the spring as part of La Fiesta de Colores event. The book is available at Borders, New Mexico History Museum Bookstore, Hispaniae in Old Town, El Camino Real Store in San Antonio, Korners in Grants,, and many other outlets.

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