Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

The Cot in the Living Room



by
Hilda Eunice Burgos
illustrated by
Gaby D'Allesandro

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Kokila
ISBN
9780593110478
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None
$17.55
SEE MEMBER PRICE
QTY

JLG Category

City Elementary

A young Dominican American girl in New York City moves from jealousy to empathy as her parents babysit children whose families work the overnight shift in this honest and warm picture book debut.

Night after night, a young girl watches her mami set up a cot in the living room for guests in their Washington Heights apartment, like Raquel (who's boring) and Edgardo (who gets crumbs everywhere). She resents that they get the entire living room with a view of the George Washington Bridge, while all she gets is a tiny bedroom with a view of her sister (who snores). Until one night, no one comes, and it's finally her chance! But as it turns out, sleeping in the cot in the living room isn't all she thought it would be.

With charming text by Hilda Eunice Burgos and whimsical illustrations by Gaby D'Alessandro, The Cot in the Living Room  is a celebration of the ways a Dominican American community takes care of one another while showing young readers that sometimes the best way to be a better neighbor is by imagining how it feels to spend a night sleeping on someone else's pillow.Full-color illustrations were created digitally. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Family life. Dominican Americans. New York City. Apartments. Cots. Empathy. Envy. Babysitting. Overnight guests. City and urban life. 

Standard MARC Records

Download Standard MARC Records

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–This noble effort to explain both the scientific method and the insect life cycle falls short in storytelling. Leaf and Lou are two hardworking ants who have made friends with Gramma Tinker, a 77-day-old eastern tent caterpillar who lives in the tree above the ant hill. Gramma Tinker studies the wings of flies, bats, and hummingbirds, and is working on a new invention: the Wingmaker 77. After completing the mysterious invention, Gramma Tinker disappears. She returns a couple of weeks later as a moth, to the ants’ surprise. The titular Wingmaker is never seen, obscuring the pupa stage from readers. Instead, back matter provides a scientifically accurate explanation of the moth’s life cycle. Some of the art compositions are chaotic, resulting in a wordy text to explain what’s happening in the scene. VERDICT The colors are bright, the ants are cute, and the other wildlife is not without charm, but this is an additional purchase at best.–Chance Lee Joyner, ­Haverhill P.L., MA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–This noble effort to explain both the scientific method and the insect life cycle falls short in storytelling. Leaf and Lou are two hardworking ants who have made friends with Gramma Tinker, a 77-day-old eastern tent caterpillar who lives in the tree above the ant hill. Gramma Tinker studies the wings of flies, bats, and hummingbirds, and is working on a new invention: the Wingmaker 77. After completing the mysterious invention, Gramma Tinker disappears. She returns a couple of weeks later as a moth, to the ants’ surprise. The titular Wingmaker is never seen, obscuring the pupa stage from readers. Instead, back matter provides a scientifically accurate explanation of the moth’s life cycle. Some of the art compositions are chaotic, resulting in a wordy text to explain what’s happening in the scene. VERDICT The colors are bright, the ants are cute, and the other wildlife is not without charm, but this is an additional purchase at best.–Chance Lee Joyner, ­Haverhill P.L., MA

Grades 2-6
City Elementary
For Grades 2-6

Urban situations and plot lines featuring ethnically and culturally diverse characters give these books a unique city flavor and feel. Young urban readers will find familiar images, and readers who are not from the city will enjoy exploring life from a new perspective. The 12 books you'll receive in this category will ensure that urban adventures are available all year long.

12 books per Year
$210.60 per Year
Interests
Diversity,Fiction,Positive Messages
Like this book?
Get more like this every month.
LEARN MORE
Grades 2-6
City Elementary
12 books per Year
$210.60 per Year

Other Recommended Titles From City Elementary

My City Speaks

by Darren LeBeuf

City Elementary

November 2021

Paletero Man

by Lucky Diaz

City Elementary

October 2021

The Cot in the Living Room

by Hilda Eunice Burgos

City Elementary

September 2021

City Elementary

August 2021
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.