An Unlikely Story is honored to welcome Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, the creators of the #1 New York Times bestseller LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET. Matt and Christian will present their highly anticipated new book CARMELA FULL OF WISHES—a heartfelt sibling story that explores what hope looks like in a vibrant migrant community, and illuminates the experience of mixed-status families. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and a signing; books will be available for purchase at the event.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal- and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson deliver a poignant and timely new picture book that’s sure to be an instant classic.
When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true—she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make…
With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.
ABOUT THE CREATORS:
Matt de la Peña is the #1 New York Timesbestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of five picture books (including Last Stop on Market Street, Love, and the upcoming Carmela Full of Wishes) as well as six critically acclaimed young adult novels. In 2016, he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. He received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family.
Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street, a #1 New York Times bestseller. His picture books include the Gaston and Friends series; Leo: A Ghost Story; School’s First Day of School; The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade; Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker; and many more. Robinson, based in Sacramento, is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.