Antonio Sacre is an American storyteller born in Boston to a Cuban father and an Irish-American mother and his fun, sometimes touching, stories reflect the diversity of his identity and experience.
“My Name is Cool: 18 Stories From a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller,” is Sacre’s most recent book filled with Spanglish-style writing. Marketed to “young readers” — it’s my opinion that this book not be handed over to children younger than 12 due to some mature themes in a few stories. If chapters are pre-read by the parent, then you can go as young as 8 and use your discretion as to which stories to read with your child, because there are definitely some hilarious ones they’re sure to love.
Since each chapter is a separate short story, nothing is lost by jumping around or skipping chapters entirely. My favorites in the book include “My Name is Cool,” which is about having many nicknames as a child (a familiar phenomenon to most Latin Americans!), and “Food Fight” which is about the time his Cuban grandmother re-taught him Spanish when he forgot it.
Other books by the author worth checking out include “La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story” and “A Mango in the Hand: A Story Told Through Proverbs.” Both of these picture books are really beautifully illustrated and include great stories in a mix of Spanish and English. My 11-year-old and I read these together and loved them.
Title: My Name is Cool: 18 Stories From a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller
Author: Antonio Sacre
Ages: “Young Readers” (Ages 12+ advised by reviewer)
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