Mayte and the Bogeyman / Mayte y el Cuco
A spunky young girl takes on the bogeyman in this exciting bilingual picture book
by Ada Acosta González
Illustrated by Christina Rodriguez
Published: 31 Mar 2006
Imprint: Piñata Books
The street vendors’ animated calls fill Mayte’s ears. “Plantains, avocados, mangos,” shouts Don Luis. “Eggs, eggs,” yells Don Máximo. “Ooooeeee!” whistles the blade sharpener. “Extra! Extra!” calls Cholo, who gives Mayte a wink and a smile along with the daily newspaper.
Mayte enjoys the hustle and bustle of all the vendors’ visits except for one: Don Aparicio, whose bitter disposition contrasts with the chorus of jingling bells on his ice cream cart. Mayte thinks that the grumpy ice cream man’s true identity is the Bogeyman who steals children to eat or sell at the market.
One day, Mayte and her best friend Pepito spy Don Aparicio carrying a bag with something struggling inside it. The brave pair decides to rescue the unlucky child. When they launch an attack, chaos ensues! Complemented by lively illustrations, this amusing picture book will delight young readers ages 3-7.
“The suggestion of terror is sure to set younger hearts racing.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This fun story has an interesting enough plotline to satisfy even reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal
“Parents and educators can use this story to motivate discussion among young readers about ‘not judging a book by its cover.'”—Críticas
The first child of the family, ADALIZA ACOSTA RODRIGUEZ was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico in 1958. While her mother worked outside of the home, Ada spent her days with her great grandmother, Doña Mela. It was in her home that Ada experienced the characters that inspired her story Mayte y el Cuco.
Ada attended the Colegio de La Merced for the first three years of her career as a child. She was later transferred to Colegio Vedruna, where she received her high school diploma. Ada wrote her first story, guided by her mother, Aida, when she was in the third grade. The main character was a cat, and the story was voted Best Composition by her clandestinely circulated from student to student.
Ada’s father, Fernando, had the dream that his children would study in the United States. Ada became the family’s pioneer when, in the fall of 1976, she traveled to Waukesha, Wisconsin to attend Carroll College. For the first time in her life she experienced temperatures under 75 degrees and snow. Much learning and maturing occurred during those four years. She majored in Elementary and Art Education, and minored in Spanish.
Ada returned to Puerto Rico after graduation and worked as an English teacher. She never forgot the Hispanic population in Wisconsin and always felt her career would be more meaningful if she served such a community. Her prayers were answered one Sunday morning when she read that the Milwaukee Public Schools was recruiting teachers in Puerto Rico. A few weeks later she returned to the snow.
Ada became a bilingual education teacher in the city of Milwaukee in 1981. She firmly believed in the development of both, the home and the English languages, in the schools, as was the practice in the Milwaukee Public Schools. She had the opportunity to teach most grade levels, including the Gifted and Talented, and Spanish as Second Language learners.
Ada joined the Master’s program in the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She majored in Curriculum and Instruction, concentrating on Bilingual Education. She graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Science in 1987.
Soon after graduation Ada had the opportunity to travel to the People’s Republic of China with a group from the University of Wisconsin. They observed their educational system, visited hospitals, industries, and rural villages, and learned about the culture. She also traveled to New Zealand to observe the Whole Language Approach reading program as was implemented in their school system.
1990 was a turning point in her life. Ada met a handsome knight in shining armor from Jalisco, Mexico. Courtship was a chain of cultural surprises. It is amazing, and often hilarious, how two people who speak the same language can misunderstand, or not understand at all what they are saying to each other. Learning the vast amount of cultural differences and customs became a treasure chest to be opened day after day.
Ada and Gabriel married and their son, Iván, was born before their first wedding anniversary. Following the family and the sun they moved to Texas where their two daughters, Brenda and Angélica, were born. They are raising their children immersed in three cultures, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and American.
Children often ask, “Tell me about when you were a kid.” Telling stories about her childhood inspired Ada to go back to writing.
Ada currently lives with her family in San Antonio, Texas.
Born to multicultural parents overseas, CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ grew up as a military “brat” and loved to read, draw, and paint. A good book and her art supplies were always on hand as she moved from place to place. Christina excelled in her studies and later attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a degree in Illustration.
Currently, Christina works as a freelance illustrator for many clients nationwide. Her vibrantly colored illustrations can be seen in the bilingual picture books Baseball on Mars / Beisbol En Marte (Piñata Books, 2009), Somos Primos / We Are Cousins (Piñata Books, 2007), Un dia con mis tias / A Day with my Aunts (Piñata Books, 2006), and Mayte and the Bogeyman / Mayte y el Cuco (Piñata Books, 2006), as well as The Antarctic Express (Atlas Games, 2009), The Wishing Tree (Elva Resa Publishing, 2008), Storm Codes (Windward Publishing, 2007), and Boon the Raccoon and Easel the Weasel (Multicultural Publications, 2005). She paints primarily in a mixture of watercolors, watercolor pencils, and gouache, but she also loves to create “mixed digital” illustrations with graphite and Adobe Photoshop. Her work has been recognized by the Midwest Booksellers Association, ForeWord Magazine, the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards, and the Mom’s Choice Awards.
When not illustrating, promoting her books, or meeting delightful young readers during school visits, Christina actively volunteers with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also enjoys dabbling in graphic design, creating items such as note cards for nature centers, logos, and wedding invitation ensembles. In her spare time, Christina loves cooking authentic Mexican cuisine, hula-hooping, and hiking along the St. Croix River. She and her husband live with their dog in historic Stillwater, Minnesota.
ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grade
Category: Picture Books
ATOS English: 3.6
ATOS Spanish: 4
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 106971