Pedro Fools the Gringo and Other Tales of a Latin American Trickster (Redfeather Books)

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Thirteen short retellings of the adventures of Pedro Urdemales, a cunning Latin American trickster, follow his capers as he outwits a proud traveler, a band of murderous vigilantes, and the devil himself.

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Gr. 3^-5. This collection of 12 brief Latin American trickster tales is lively and humorous. From an orphaned childhood in which he uses his wits to survive, through his sneaky ascent into Heaven, Pedro Urdemales (a kindred spirit to Brer Rabbit) gets the better of the rich and powerful, from politicians to priests to the Devil himself. The stories are sometimes frank: in one Pedro convinces a gentleman on horseback (a sure sign of wealth) that the human waste hidden under his hat is a golden partridge. Brusca's style is refreshingly clear, and although the chronologically arranged stories are interconnected, they stand well on their own. Illustrations were not seen in galley, but if the cover art and Brusca's previous work are any indication, energetic cartoons will open each chapter. The author's note is analytical yet accessible, and the scholarly bibliography includes sources in both Spanish and English. A fine addition to the body of Hispanic folklore. Julie Corsaro

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Grade 3-6?Brusca and Wilson team up for a retelling of the lifelong adventures of Pedro Urdemales, an infamous Latin American trickster. Pedro is always looking to strike it rich or to get out of work by matching wits with the foolish and greedy people he encounters. He is able to convince outlaws that money grows on trees, outsmarts the devil, and even gets San Pedro (St. Peter) to let him into heaven. Many of Pedro's tricks are reminiscent of those played by such familiar figures as Anansi, Br'er Rabbit, and Coyote, and children will enjoy reading about the naughty ways he dupes his adversaries. Background information on Pedro's origins is provided in an introduction. Each chapter begins with a small black-and-white drawing to set the mood of the tale, and includes a full-page cartoon-style illustration as well.?Maria Redburn, Collier County Public Library, Immokalee, FL
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