Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy

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This is the cutest story I have ever read, and one of my favorites. It is about a cockroach who is ready to marry, and while her family gives her gifts to make her even more beautiful than she already is, her grandmother tells her to use the “coffee test” to find her perfect husband. Each suitor is given the test (coffee spilled on their shoes) and each suitor storms off in anger at her clumsiness. Finally, when the cockroach has all but given up, her grandmother mentions a little mouse that has been waiting for her. He tells her that while his eyes are bad his ears are strong, and he has heard her stand up for herself all day. Who cares if you are beautiful when you are good? He says. Her grandma comes up to initiate the coffee test, and surprisingly the mouse jumps at the opportunity and spills the coffee on the cockroaches shoes. He tells her he also has a cuban grandmother, and they lived happily ever after.

I would highly recommend this book to all ages. The illustrations are beautiful and quirky, with lots of thought going into detail. The story itself is one I’ve never heard of, but picked up on fairly quickly. It is unique, wonderful, and shows that looks are not the only thing people should be looking at. It shows children that someone’s personality is just as important as their looks, and shows girls that settling for someone should not be normal. I loved that the cockroach stood up for herself and found someone who respected her for not her looks, but for her personality. It sends a beautiful message to children everywhere.

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