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Donna grew up dodging dust devils in the oilfields of Central California. She was a daydreamer, constantly blending life experiences and folklore into stories. Now she weaves them into picture books and novels. Donna currently lives amongst the spiraling mists of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four children, three dogs, two frogs, and hundreds of wild birds who flock to her backyard bird-feeders every day. El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! (Abrams Kids, 2021) is her debut picture book. She is also the author of the middle grade novels Lupe Wong Won’t Dance (Levine Querido, 2020) and The Last Cuentista (2021).

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El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!

Illustrated By: Juliana Perdomo

Ramón is a little boy who can’t sleep. He is nervous for his first day at a new school. And El Cucuy is the monster who lives in Ramón’s cactus pot. He can’t sleep, either. It turns out that El Cucuy is scared, too!


This gentle, perceptive story explores the worries that can accompany moving to a new place and beginning a new journey—and reveals how comfort, bravery, and strength can be found through even the most unexpected of friendships.

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