Reviews for Runaway Tortilla


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Fall
""Run as fast as fast can be. You won't get a bite of me."" In this southwestern version of the Gingerbread Man, a tortilla escapes the griddle and runs away, chased by an old couple, horned toads, donkeys, rattlesnakes, and buckaroos. A cagey coyote finally tricks the tortilla into being eaten. Playful illustrations in a brown-gold palette set this one in the Texas desert. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2000 September #1
The author of a conventional Gingerbread Man (1993) dishes up another version, this with a Southwestern flavor and a female entree. Tía Lupe makes such light tortillas at El Papagayo Feliz, her south Texan taquería, that one finally jumps up, declares, "I'm too beautiful to eat," and rolls out the door. Weaving her way past horned toads, rattlesnakes, cowboys, and other pursuers, the tortilla sings out a catchy, taunting refrain, printed in long, wavy lines across each spread: "Run as fast as can be. Youwon't get a bite of me. Doesn't matter what you do. I'll be far ahead of you!" Like a small, gleeful moon, the tortilla rolls across Cecil's dusty, mustard-yellow chaparral, chased by a growing crowd of hungry-looking admirers, meeting her inevitable endwhen sly Coyote begs her prettily to remove the "grasshopper" that has lodged in his throat. Deeper and deeper into his throat she travels until all that shows are his teeth wrapped around the edge of the pages and the tortilla staring down his gullet. And "SNAP!" How sad. How delicious! (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8) Copyright 2000 Kirkus Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 October
K-Gr 2-A story about a woman and a man and a piece of bread that comes to life and runs away. T'a Lupe and T'o Jos own a taquer'a in Texas down on the Rio Grande. The secret to their success is their tortillas-so light that if they were any lighter, "Some day they-[might] up and run away!" To their surprise, this is just what happens. The foolish tortilla is so cocky she could almost strut, but since she's round, she can only roll. She rolls away from the couple, two horned toads, three donkeys, four jackrabbits, five rattlesnakes, and six buckaroos, singing all the while, "Run as fast as fast can be. You won't get a bite of me." She is finally tricked and eaten by Se-or Coyote, who takes advantage of her fatuous egotism. The primitive oil paintings feature a palette of sunset colors, a rotund T'a and T'o, and a lipsticked, scowling tortilla. The apt endpapers sport sacks of flour, rolling pins, salt shakers, oil, and skillets. Kimmel's saucy story joins a swarm of similar, albeit popular, retellings of traditional tales with a Southwestern setting.-Ruth Semrau, Upshur County Public Library, Gilmer, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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