We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for Benita and the Night Creatures and Benita y las criaturas nocturnas, written by Mariana Llanos and illustrated by Cocoretto. This children’s picture book (pubbing on Sept. 5, 2023 from Barefoot Books) is a humorous, bedtime story featuring not-so-scary monsters from Peruvian folklore.
A little bit about the book:
From the award-winning author of Run, Little Chaski! and ¡Corre, Pequeño Chaski!, Benita and the Night Creatures is about a young girl named Benita who loves to read in bed but keeps getting interrupted by a whistling Tunche, a scary Supay and other spooky creatures from Peruvian lore. To the creatures’ disbelief, Benita is so absorbed by her book that she’s not the least bit scared of them. This humorous celebration of bedtime reading puts a global twist on taking the “scary” out of monsters.
Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian-born writer of children’s literature. In 2017, she was selected as the Best Latino Artist by the Hispanic Arts Council of Oklahoma, where she resides. Her first picture book for Barefoot Books, Run, Little Chaski!, was chosen for the 2022 Oklahoma Book Award and was a 2022 Library of Congress Great Reads Selection. Its Spanish edition, ¡Corre, Pequeño Chaski!, was a 2022 Alma Flor Ada Award Winner and Premio Campoy-Ada Honorable Mention.
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Cocoretto is a Peruvian-born couple and team, Ivan and Natalia. They are illustrators, authors and designers with backgrounds in fine arts, graphic design and photography. With their strong graphic sense and bright, saturated colors, they like to build compelling and relatable environments for their work. They feel grateful to have the chance to make children around the world giggle and smile with their many books and translations. Ivan and Natalia live and work in the noisy city of Lima, Peru.
Barefoot Books is an award-winning, independent, women-owned and run, children’s book publisher based in Concord, MA. Founded by two mothers in England in 1992, they create visually captivating books that celebrate global awareness and diversity, spark curiosity and capture imaginations. After three decades of working with talented writers, storytellers, illustrators and musicians from all over the globe, Barefoot’s unwavering commitment to opening children’s hearts, minds and worlds feels more important than ever.
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