There's a Coquí in My Shoe!


There's a Coquí in My Shoe!

Written by Marisa de Jesús Paolicelli

Illustrated by Tanja Bauerle

A Caribbean Experience Con Amor Publishing

(Available in English)

Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Size: 9" x 12" 

Total Pages: 66 Full Watercolor Throughout

(It's like getting two books in one!)

Smyth Sewn-Not Glued or Stapled!

High Quality Paper

Ages: 5-12 (Multicultural Middle Grade Chapter Book)

ISBN: 978-0-9797641-0-3

Price: $21.99 USD


There’s a Coquí in My Shoe! is a distinctive and delightful story celebrating Puerto Rico’s national treasure, the Eleutherodactylus (El-oo-thear-oh-dak-till-us) coqui (co-kee). It splendidly captures, in breathtaking illustrations, the vibrant color, culture, flora (plant kingdom), and fauna (animal kingdom) of the island.

A young boy named Armando surprisingly discovers a coquí in his red shoe. Carlito the Coquí is lost and cannot find his way home to the rain forest. Armando befriends Carlito and anxiously waits for the following day to accompany his mother, Lola, to sell their pushcart of piragüas (pee-rah-gwas) (snow cones) to the Puerto Rican children.

There’s a Coquí in My Shoe! will appeal to children of all backgrounds. In addition, children will be amused with finding hidden objects throughout the illustrations. This is Tanja Bauerle's first illustrated children's book.

There’s a Coquí in My Shoe! is the first children's book depicting Puerto Rico's 17 coquí frog species!

In addition, Cosmopolitan Latina's Deputy Editor, Corrine Giffith-Cole, chose There's a Coquí in My Shoe! is a Fall favorite in its Fall 2013 issue!

Award Wins for There's a Coquí in My Shoe!:

International Latino Book Awards Winner:

1st Place - Best Educational Children's Book (English) 
2nd Place - Best Children's Picture Book (English)

Latino Books Into Movies Award Winner:

1st Place in Animation Category - Children's Books Into Movies Award

Meet Marisa

My passion in life is to help Puerto Rican children and children of all backgrounds succeed in life. Children can become successful by reading. Reading can help fulfill their dreams! The books I write can help them in literacy. My award-winning books are educational as well as entertaining. 

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P.O. Box 1155 
Avondale, PA 19311 

~ Roberto Clemente

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