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Cinco Puntos Press RIF Books

2010-2011 RIF Catalog

from Cinco Puntos Press

Books as Mirrors, Books as Windows

Cinco Puntos Press—located in El Paso, Texas, just five miles north of the U.S./Mexico border—has been publishing multicultural books for children and young adults since 1985. Our books are rooted in the folklore, history and culture of the people they tell about. Indeed, we have been a pioneer in publishing bilingual books which reflect the heritage of Mexican and Mexican-American life, while giving children from other parts of the world a window into this unique culture.

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Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask
written & illustrated by Xavier Garza

Carlitos and his father go to a Mexico City arena to watch their favorite sport—lucha libre.

*STARRED REVIEW* "The fluid colloquial English and Spanish and grainy graphic-novel style illustrations executed in acrylics make for an attractive package with definite appeal for boys. An informative endnote in English presents a brief but engrossing history of lucha libre. This title is sure to become popular in both libraries and bookstores." —Críticas

Américas Award, Honor book
Tejas Star Book Award

Paperback / ISBN 978-1-933693-10-1 / 40 pages / Bilingual

The King of Things / El rey de las cosas
written & illustrated by Artemio Rodríguez

Little Lalo receives inspiration from the famous Mexican lotería game.

"Young children, even those who have never encountered the game, will be fascinated by the pictures, and even adults may be taken in by the quality of the artwork, which is indeed impressive. An interesting purchase for bookstores, this is an excellent lap book." —Críticas

"Written and illustrated by renowned printmaker Artemio Rodriguez, The King of Things is an easy reader English/Spanish picturebook that introduces the very young to the famous Mexican game, Loteria...A wonderful and fun-filled introduction to the connections between two languages and cultures especially for the very young." —Midwest Book Review

Hardback / ISBN 978-0-938317-97-5 / 32 pages / Bilingual

The Gum Chewing Rattler
by Joe Hayes • illustrated by Antonio Castro L.

Do rattlesnakes chew bubblegum? Of course rattlesnakes chew bubblegum.
Joe Hayes says they blow bubbles too!

“An anecdote from the youth of a veteran Arizona storyteller makes its first appearance in print, matched to a Mexican artist’s warmly humorous, photographically exact scenes…Castro exaggerates the expressions on his human characters and gives the rattler a fiercely intense air of menace for this brief and thoroughly believable (right?) tale.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An upbeat and playful story, perfectly accentuated by the wry yet realistic art.” —Midwest Book Review

Paperback / ISBN 978-1-933693-19-4 / 32 pages

La Llorona / The Weeping Woman
by Joe Hayes ● illustrated by Vicki Trego Hill & Mona Pennypacker

Truly the best known and most popular cuento of Hispanic America.

This legendary tale is not only a spine-tingling ghost story, but also a cautionary tale about a breathtakingly lovely, working-class girl....The earth-tone, pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations make use of cross-hatching to create an eerie, almost graphic-novel sensibility that extends the story ably. A solid retelling of a classic tale. —School Library Journal

/ ISBN 978-0-938317-86-9 / 32 pages / Bilingual
Paperback / ISBN 978-0-938317-39-5 / 32 pages / Bilingual

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