Starring Carmen



By Anika Denise

Illustrated by Lorena Alvarez Gómez Published by Abrams

ISBN-13: 9781419723216

Age Range: 5 – 7

Meet Carmen! She LOVES the spotlight and applause. She’s an actress, a singer, a dancer—a one-girl sensación! She exhausts her parents with her nightly performances and completely overshadows Eduardo, her adoring little brother. But when Eduardo shows his big sister how much he loves her in a way even Carmen can’t ignore, will Carmen realize that the stage is big enough for two?

Exuberant illustrations by Lorena Alvarez Gómez offer the perfect complement to Anika Denise’s warm, Spanish-sprinkled text in this celebration of theater, family, and imagination.

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Make Costumes with Carmen (English)

Make Costumes with Carmen (Spanish)


Anika Denise es una mujer of many talents. She can sing (in the shower) juggle (three kids) and act (like she’s got it all under control). She also writes books for niños, like Starring Carmen!, Monster Trucks and Baking Day at Grandma’s. A former one-girl sensación, these days, she enjoys sharing the spotlight with her husband, Christopher (a children’s book illustrator), and their three daughters. Anika and her family live in Rhode Island, in a little house with lots of feather boas, fairy wings, art supplies and BOOKS!

Lorena Alvarez Gómez is a freelance illustrator from Bogotá, Colombia. She has created illustrations for children’s books, independent publications, and magazines. Her work reflects her interest in color language and diverse techniques and concepts.


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