Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Agra Deedy

Deedy, C. A. (2007). Martina the beautiful cockroach: a cuban folktale. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha is a beautiful muchacha. She has reached the age in which her family as deemed it appropriate that she should be betrothed. She is looking forward to meeting her one true love, but her grandmother has a critical piece of advice for her. If Martina can follow her wonderful Cuban grandmother's advice, she will surely meet her perfect pair. Martina Cucaracha has many suitors ready to claim her hand. Will she make the right choice?

Texture is used to create a visual effect of three dimensions on an otherwise two dimensional medium. In Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, we can see that illustrator Michael Austin makes the characters POP out of the page. The detail in the shadows, the fabric, and the shading of the color makes the images seem like they are the real thing. You can imagine how the scaly lizard's skin feels or how the fuzzy little mouse would be warm and soft. The illustrator's intention was for the reader to feel like the characters are real.

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