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Carmela Full of Wishes (Hardcover)

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From the incredible duo that brought us the beautiful Last Stop on Market Street comes yet another timely and heartfelt picture book. It’s Carmela’s birthday and that means she’s finally old enough to go into town with her brother. As they walk through town Carmela stumbles upon a dandelion growing from a crack in the concrete. She picks it, and as they run their errands Carmela thinks about what she wants to wish for. With gorgeous illustrations draw you into her small town and a story that brings Carmela’s wistfulness into your heart. This is the perfect books for anyone who wants to hold onto what it means to be a dreamer.

— Elisa


In their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal- and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Pe a and Christian Robinson deliver a poignant and timely new picture book that's sure to be an instant classic.

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true--she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panader a, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make . . .

With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Pe a and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

About the Author

Matt de la Peña is the Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street. He is also the author of Love; A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis; and six critically acclaimed young-adult novels. Matt teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country. Matt lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can visit Matt at or on Twitter @mattdelapena. Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street. His picture books include the Gaston and Friends series; Leo: A Ghost Story; School's First Day of School; The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade; Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker; and many more. You can visit Christian at or on Instagram @theartoffun.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399549045
ISBN-10: 0399549048
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 9th, 2018
Pages: 40
Language: English