Lala. A Different Kind of Lizard

Lala. Una lagartija diferente

Children - Picture Book
44 Pages
Reviewed on 10/14/2021
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Author Biography

Susana Illera Martínez is a Colombian writer and award-winning author with a multi-genre catalogue, from poetry and young adult short stories to children’s literature.

Her published titles include Clara (Poetry collection), What I Write in the Sand (Tales and Other Things We Forget) (Illustrated collection of short stories), Lala, a Different Kind of Lizard and Lala and the Pond by The Rock (Bilingual Children’s Picture Books Series), and The Gift of Family (Bilingual Children’s Picture Book based on Disney’s most recent film Encanto).

Susana is a cultural ambassador of Hispanic Heritage Literature Organization/Milibrohispano, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and preserving the Spanish language and supporting Latino authors in the United States.

Learn more about the author at www.susanaillera.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

Susana Illera Martínez's new book, Lala: A Different Kind of Lizard/ Una Lagartija Diferente is a story that celebrates individuality. Lala's family consists of her mom, dad, and two sisters. Lala goes to school and plays at the pond, but Lala has an unusual friend, a spider named Ari. Her sisters tease her and tell her she shouldn't be friends with her food. Unlike the rest of her family, Lala doesn't eat insects but is a vegetarian instead. She's kept this hidden from her parents until one evening when the truth comes out. Lala runs away from home with her friend Ari, afraid that her parents won't accept her. She and Ari meet a surprising creature that shares some wisdom with them. What will happen to Lala and Ari?

Susana Illera Martínez's bilingual English and Spanish book will be a crowd pleaser. Lala is an engaging character with a sweet and gentle heart. The illustrations by Natalia Jiménez Osorio are bright and colorful. Lala has a jaunty lily pad-like hat and her friend Ari, the spider, is depicted with two large eyes, one small eye, and colorful, striped legs. Kids will identify with Lala's worries about being different and being accepted. The wisdom shared at the end is very powerful both for adults and kids to hear. Lala: A Different Kind of Lizard/ Una Lagartija Diferente will make a perfect read-aloud during storytime or in the classroom. Hopefully, there are more stories in the works about Lala and her best friend, Ari!