Too Many Tamales

Too Many Tamales

Written by:
Illustrated by: Ed Martinez

Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399221460
  • 32 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • 4-8 years


Christmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria. Snow had fallen and the streets glittered. Maria’s favorite cousins were coming over and she got to help make the tamales for Christmas dinner. It was almost too good to be true when her mother left the kitchen for a moment and Maria got to try on her beautiful diamond ring . . .

This is the story of a treasure thought to be lost in a batch of tamales; of a desperate adn funny attempt by Maria and her cousins to eat their way out of trouble; and the warm way a family pulls together to make it a perfect Christmas after all.


“A very funny story, full of delicious surprises . . . a joyful success.” –Booklist, starred review

“A warm family story that combines glowing art with a well-written text to tell of a girl’s dilemma.” –School Library Journal, starred review

“A mini-drama rendered so acutely that anyone who has lost something special will respond.” –The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books