{"id":7680050790637,"title":"In the Neighborhood","handle":"in-the-neighborhood","description":"\u003ch6\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/rocio-bonilla\"\u003eRocio Bonilla\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003eA silly and sweet picture book about neighbors, community, and making new friends where you least expect it.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eA group of neighbors never talks to one another because they've all made assumptions about each other. Camila the chicken's house is too noisy, Mr. Martínez the fox seems so straight-laced, Felipe the mouse is nervous, and Pepe the ogre—well, you know about ogres. But one day, Mrs. Paquita's internet connection goes out. That starts a domino effect of neighbors helping neighbors. Soon, everything changes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/max-and-the-superheroes\"\u003eMax and the Superheroes\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/what-color-is-a-kiss\"\u003eWhat Color Is a Kiss?\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/the-one-day-house\"\u003eThe One Day House\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eWatch the Trailer\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/w3bp0s16COM\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER SPREAD BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/in-the-neighborhood-spread.jpg?v=1649337091\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"medium-cover\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/in-the-neighborhood-cover.jpg?v=1649337091\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/in-the-neighborhood-cover-hires.jpg.zip?v=1649337091\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e \u003ca class=\"product-btn\" href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/in-the-neighborhood-activity-kit.pdf?v=1654696820\"\u003eDownload the Activity Kit\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRocio Bonilla, author-illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eRocio Bonilla holds a BFA and worked in advertising for many years before founding her own company, Erase una vez, through which she creates murals for children's rooms. She both wrote and illustrated \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eWhat Color Is a Kiss? \u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003eand \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eLittle Bro, Big Sis\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e, and wrote and co-illustrated \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eMax and the Superheroes. \u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/rocio-bonilla\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Rocio.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe latest offering from Spanish author-illustrator Bonilla is a heartwarming story about how a neighborhood becomes a community. Translated into English, the story of mismatched expectations is for readers of all ages—young and young-at-heart—who will delight in the funny and detailed illustrations. The book opens with Camila, a hen, whose 10 chicks make the house a very noisy one. Camila has a preconceived notion about her neighbors and herself; every subsequent character holds some of the same preconceived notions, making them skeptical that any of them would ever want to interact. When Mrs. Paquita’s internet connection stops working, a chain reaction opens the neighborhood’s doors to bring them all together. Each character has an internal motivation that no one else knows about until they get to know one another. For example, Pepe the ogre is an avid reader who wants to start a book club in the neighborhood, but no one will ever ring his doorbell. The characters are relatable, even though they are anthropomorphized creatures. Bonilla’s illustrations are the heart of the story, with neutral, muted colors, but maintaining a playful manner throughout. The renderings are extremely detailed and purposeful, from humorous facial expressions to the shingles on a roof. The illustrations and text could not work without one another; in themselves, they are a community.\u003c\/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003e VERDICT This could easily be a story hour favorite. Recommended purchase for any children’s collection.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eThe Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn a neighborhood of animals that don’t know one another, everyone makes assumptions. Camila, chicken mother of ten, has a loud home because of her brood, not because she’s hard-of-hearing, as believed by most of her neighbors. Camila assumes Mr. Martínez, the serious, straitlaced fox next door, hates kids, but he actually likes to juggle dressed as a clown. Mr. Martínez assumes the fearsome dragon in the next house over doesn’t want to be bothered, but the dragon is actually a mouse using some creative methods to deter the cat neighbor. Similarly, the mouse doesn’t guess their cat neighbor is vegan, and Matilda the scientist pig assumes the house next door is empty when Mrs. Paquita, an internet- and Solitaire-obsessed nocturnal owl, lives there. Calamity hits when Mrs. Paquita loses her internet connection, driving her to Matilda, who quickly fixes up the problem. This opens up the door for a domino effect of neighbors asking favors of each other and overcoming their fears of communicating until everyone is united, and the neighborhood can officially be considered a community. This charming Spanish import offers both heart and humor, with a surprising and comical twist on each assumption. Bonilla’s art in wavery pencil lines and watercolor provides as much amusement as the content itself, highlighting spreads of a very tired hen pouring overflowing coffee into a mug in her disastrous kitchen, a vegan cat proudly growing an entire farm of vegetables, and Mrs. Paquita eating take-out while still holding tightly to her computer mouse. Stronger readers will have the skills to navigate the text-heavy pages, but newer ones may need a helping hand. Beneath the silly shenanigans in this neighborhood, the message about building community and making connections is a resonant one.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhat’s the difference between a neighborhood and a community?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Once upon a time there was a neighborhood like so many others. It had houses, streetlights, trees, and neighbors who had never met one another.” Although the neighbors all have different reasons for keeping to themselves, those reasons stem from the same thing: assumptions. Because there’s so much noise coming from Camila the chicken’s house, everyone assumes she’s hard of hearing and has to turn up the TV, but the noise is actually 10 rambunctious children. Camila believes her neighbor Mr. Martínez, the fox, is too serious to enjoy spending time with her and her children. Mr. Martínez, a lawyer who loves to juggle while dressed as a clown, thinks that one of his neighbors, a dragon, is unfriendly. But the “dragon” is a mouse who has his own assumptions, and so on. Finally, a chance meeting of neighbors inspires everyone to reconsider their preconceived notions and gives each in turn the courage to step outside of their own suburban footprint to meet the people around them. When they do, the neighborhood finally becomes a community. The story, translated from Spanish, is fantastic, supported by expressive illustrations that blend fantastical elements into a traditional-looking suburban environment that will be recognized by many young readers. This is a story suited for young children everywhere—as well as a gentle reminder to many adults.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePoignant and sublime.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: \u003cspan data-sheets-value='{\"1\":2,\"2\":\"9781623543600\"}' data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e978-1-62354-360-0\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: \u003cspan data-sheets-value='{\"1\":2,\"2\":\"9781632892478\"}' data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e978-1-63289-247-8\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 3-7\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003e9 x 11\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]","published_at":"2022-04-07T09:13:23-04:00","created_at":"2022-04-07T08:46:12-04:00","vendor":"Charlesbridge","type":"Children's Book","tags":["Browse by Age_Ages 3-6","Browse by Fiction\/Nonfiction_Fiction","Browse by Format_Picture Book","Browse by Language_English","Browse by Subject_Animals \u0026 Dinosaurs","Browse by Subject_Humor","Browse by Subject_Life Lessons \u0026 Skills","Browse by Subject_Story Time \u0026 Play"],"price":1799,"price_min":1799,"price_max":1799,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":42659148824813,"title":"Hardcover","option1":"Hardcover","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"9781623543600","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":{"id":36942514880749,"product_id":7680050790637,"position":1,"created_at":"2022-04-07T09:12:30-04:00","updated_at":"2022-04-07T09:12:31-04:00","alt":null,"width":600,"height":756,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/in-the-neighborhood-cover.jpg?v=1649337151","variant_ids":[42659148824813]},"available":true,"name":"In the Neighborhood - Hardcover","public_title":"Hardcover","options":["Hardcover"],"price":1799,"weight":369,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":10,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":"43600","featured_media":{"alt":null,"id":29506555085037,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.794,"height":756,"width":600,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/in-the-neighborhood-cover.jpg?v=1649337151"}},"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_allocations":[]}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/in-the-neighborhood-cover.jpg?v=1649337151"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/in-the-neighborhood-cover.jpg?v=1649337151","options":["Title"],"media":[{"alt":null,"id":29506555085037,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.794,"height":756,"width":600,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/in-the-neighborhood-cover.jpg?v=1649337151"},"aspect_ratio":0.794,"height":756,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/in-the-neighborhood-cover.jpg?v=1649337151","width":600}],"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_groups":[],"content":"\u003ch6\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/rocio-bonilla\"\u003eRocio Bonilla\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003eA silly and sweet picture book about neighbors, community, and making new friends where you least expect it.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eA group of neighbors never talks to one another because they've all made assumptions about each other. Camila the chicken's house is too noisy, Mr. Martínez the fox seems so straight-laced, Felipe the mouse is nervous, and Pepe the ogre—well, you know about ogres. But one day, Mrs. Paquita's internet connection goes out. That starts a domino effect of neighbors helping neighbors. Soon, everything changes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/max-and-the-superheroes\"\u003eMax and the Superheroes\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/what-color-is-a-kiss\"\u003eWhat Color Is a Kiss?\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/products\/the-one-day-house\"\u003eThe One Day House\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eWatch the Trailer\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/w3bp0s16COM\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER SPREAD BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/in-the-neighborhood-spread.jpg?v=1649337091\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"medium-cover\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/in-the-neighborhood-cover.jpg?v=1649337091\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/in-the-neighborhood-cover-hires.jpg.zip?v=1649337091\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e \u003ca class=\"product-btn\" href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/in-the-neighborhood-activity-kit.pdf?v=1654696820\"\u003eDownload the Activity Kit\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRocio Bonilla, author-illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eRocio Bonilla holds a BFA and worked in advertising for many years before founding her own company, Erase una vez, through which she creates murals for children's rooms. She both wrote and illustrated \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eWhat Color Is a Kiss? \u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003eand \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eLittle Bro, Big Sis\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e, and wrote and co-illustrated \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eMax and the Superheroes. \u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/rocio-bonilla\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Rocio.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe latest offering from Spanish author-illustrator Bonilla is a heartwarming story about how a neighborhood becomes a community. Translated into English, the story of mismatched expectations is for readers of all ages—young and young-at-heart—who will delight in the funny and detailed illustrations. The book opens with Camila, a hen, whose 10 chicks make the house a very noisy one. Camila has a preconceived notion about her neighbors and herself; every subsequent character holds some of the same preconceived notions, making them skeptical that any of them would ever want to interact. When Mrs. Paquita’s internet connection stops working, a chain reaction opens the neighborhood’s doors to bring them all together. Each character has an internal motivation that no one else knows about until they get to know one another. For example, Pepe the ogre is an avid reader who wants to start a book club in the neighborhood, but no one will ever ring his doorbell. The characters are relatable, even though they are anthropomorphized creatures. Bonilla’s illustrations are the heart of the story, with neutral, muted colors, but maintaining a playful manner throughout. The renderings are extremely detailed and purposeful, from humorous facial expressions to the shingles on a roof. The illustrations and text could not work without one another; in themselves, they are a community.\u003c\/p\u003e\n \u003cp\u003e VERDICT This could easily be a story hour favorite. Recommended purchase for any children’s collection.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eThe Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn a neighborhood of animals that don’t know one another, everyone makes assumptions. Camila, chicken mother of ten, has a loud home because of her brood, not because she’s hard-of-hearing, as believed by most of her neighbors. Camila assumes Mr. Martínez, the serious, straitlaced fox next door, hates kids, but he actually likes to juggle dressed as a clown. Mr. Martínez assumes the fearsome dragon in the next house over doesn’t want to be bothered, but the dragon is actually a mouse using some creative methods to deter the cat neighbor. Similarly, the mouse doesn’t guess their cat neighbor is vegan, and Matilda the scientist pig assumes the house next door is empty when Mrs. Paquita, an internet- and Solitaire-obsessed nocturnal owl, lives there. Calamity hits when Mrs. Paquita loses her internet connection, driving her to Matilda, who quickly fixes up the problem. This opens up the door for a domino effect of neighbors asking favors of each other and overcoming their fears of communicating until everyone is united, and the neighborhood can officially be considered a community. This charming Spanish import offers both heart and humor, with a surprising and comical twist on each assumption. Bonilla’s art in wavery pencil lines and watercolor provides as much amusement as the content itself, highlighting spreads of a very tired hen pouring overflowing coffee into a mug in her disastrous kitchen, a vegan cat proudly growing an entire farm of vegetables, and Mrs. Paquita eating take-out while still holding tightly to her computer mouse. Stronger readers will have the skills to navigate the text-heavy pages, but newer ones may need a helping hand. Beneath the silly shenanigans in this neighborhood, the message about building community and making connections is a resonant one.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ci\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhat’s the difference between a neighborhood and a community?\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“Once upon a time there was a neighborhood like so many others. It had houses, streetlights, trees, and neighbors who had never met one another.” Although the neighbors all have different reasons for keeping to themselves, those reasons stem from the same thing: assumptions. Because there’s so much noise coming from Camila the chicken’s house, everyone assumes she’s hard of hearing and has to turn up the TV, but the noise is actually 10 rambunctious children. Camila believes her neighbor Mr. Martínez, the fox, is too serious to enjoy spending time with her and her children. 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In the Neighborhood


By: Rocio Bonilla

A silly and sweet picture book about neighbors, community, and making new friends where you least expect it.

A group of neighbors never talks to one another because they've all made assumptions about each other. Camila the chicken's house is too noisy, Mr. Martínez the fox seems so straight-laced, Felipe the mouse is nervous, and Pepe the ogre—well, you know about ogres. But one day, Mrs. Paquita's internet connection goes out. That starts a domino effect of neighbors helping neighbors. Soon, everything changes.

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Rocio Bonilla, author-illustrator

Rocio Bonilla holds a BFA and worked in advertising for many years before founding her own company, Erase una vez, through which she creates murals for children's rooms. She both wrote and illustrated What Color Is a Kiss? and Little Bro, Big Sis, and wrote and co-illustrated Max and the Superheroes.

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School Library Journal, starred review

The latest offering from Spanish author-illustrator Bonilla is a heartwarming story about how a neighborhood becomes a community. Translated into English, the story of mismatched expectations is for readers of all ages—young and young-at-heart—who will delight in the funny and detailed illustrations. The book opens with Camila, a hen, whose 10 chicks make the house a very noisy one. Camila has a preconceived notion about her neighbors and herself; every subsequent character holds some of the same preconceived notions, making them skeptical that any of them would ever want to interact. When Mrs. Paquita’s internet connection stops working, a chain reaction opens the neighborhood’s doors to bring them all together. Each character has an internal motivation that no one else knows about until they get to know one another. For example, Pepe the ogre is an avid reader who wants to start a book club in the neighborhood, but no one will ever ring his doorbell. The characters are relatable, even though they are anthropomorphized creatures. Bonilla’s illustrations are the heart of the story, with neutral, muted colors, but maintaining a playful manner throughout. The renderings are extremely detailed and purposeful, from humorous facial expressions to the shingles on a roof. The illustrations and text could not work without one another; in themselves, they are a community.

VERDICT This could easily be a story hour favorite. Recommended purchase for any children’s collection.

The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, starred review

In a neighborhood of animals that don’t know one another, everyone makes assumptions. Camila, chicken mother of ten, has a loud home because of her brood, not because she’s hard-of-hearing, as believed by most of her neighbors. Camila assumes Mr. Martínez, the serious, straitlaced fox next door, hates kids, but he actually likes to juggle dressed as a clown. Mr. Martínez assumes the fearsome dragon in the next house over doesn’t want to be bothered, but the dragon is actually a mouse using some creative methods to deter the cat neighbor. Similarly, the mouse doesn’t guess their cat neighbor is vegan, and Matilda the scientist pig assumes the house next door is empty when Mrs. Paquita, an internet- and Solitaire-obsessed nocturnal owl, lives there. Calamity hits when Mrs. Paquita loses her internet connection, driving her to Matilda, who quickly fixes up the problem. This opens up the door for a domino effect of neighbors asking favors of each other and overcoming their fears of communicating until everyone is united, and the neighborhood can officially be considered a community. This charming Spanish import offers both heart and humor, with a surprising and comical twist on each assumption. Bonilla’s art in wavery pencil lines and watercolor provides as much amusement as the content itself, highlighting spreads of a very tired hen pouring overflowing coffee into a mug in her disastrous kitchen, a vegan cat proudly growing an entire farm of vegetables, and Mrs. Paquita eating take-out while still holding tightly to her computer mouse. Stronger readers will have the skills to navigate the text-heavy pages, but newer ones may need a helping hand. Beneath the silly shenanigans in this neighborhood, the message about building community and making connections is a resonant one.

Kirkus Reviews

What’s the difference between a neighborhood and a community?

“Once upon a time there was a neighborhood like so many others. It had houses, streetlights, trees, and neighbors who had never met one another.” Although the neighbors all have different reasons for keeping to themselves, those reasons stem from the same thing: assumptions. Because there’s so much noise coming from Camila the chicken’s house, everyone assumes she’s hard of hearing and has to turn up the TV, but the noise is actually 10 rambunctious children. Camila believes her neighbor Mr. Martínez, the fox, is too serious to enjoy spending time with her and her children. Mr. Martínez, a lawyer who loves to juggle while dressed as a clown, thinks that one of his neighbors, a dragon, is unfriendly. But the “dragon” is a mouse who has his own assumptions, and so on. Finally, a chance meeting of neighbors inspires everyone to reconsider their preconceived notions and gives each in turn the courage to step outside of their own suburban footprint to meet the people around them. When they do, the neighborhood finally becomes a community. The story, translated from Spanish, is fantastic, supported by expressive illustrations that blend fantastical elements into a traditional-looking suburban environment that will be recognized by many young readers. This is a story suited for young children everywhere—as well as a gentle reminder to many adults.

Poignant and sublime.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-62354-360-0

E-book
ISBN: 978-1-63289-247-8

Ages: 3-7
Page count: 32
9 x 11

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