Martina the Beautiful Cockroach

364_0A lovely Cuban folktale about spilling coffee on a suitor’s toes to reveal their true nature is retold by Carmen Agra Deedy in lively and interesting prose. Although the story is about finding a husband, it dispells other myths of finding a mate among the rich, handsome or gregarious. Instead, our beautiful green cockroach chooses a quiet, shy mouse in a slight twist. The jacket flap gives a little information about the real Cuban Cockroach, Panclora nivea, and Michael Austin‘s illustrations enable me to root for a cockroach heroine.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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