Wednesday, March 24, 2021




By Ricia Anne Chansky and Yarelis Marcial Acevedo


Illustrations by Olga Barinova


Spanish translation by Yarelis Marcial Acevedo, 

Francheska Morales García and Sharon Marie Nieves-Ferrer



ISBN: 978-1-55885-918-0

Publication Date: May 31, 2021

Bind: Hardcover

Pages:  32

Imprint: Piñata Books

Ages:  4-8



This appealing bilingual picture book about a dog afraid of storms will resonate with children who face natural disasters.



Maxy is a happy puppy who lives with Clarita and her family in a house filled with laughter and music on the island of Puerto Rico. On sunny days, Clarita and Maxy go to the park or on adventures under the flamboyant tree. On rainy days, they stay inside and play games or read books.


But one day, Maxy sees everyone rushing around, putting things in boxes. Someone say, “María is coming!” That night, Hurricane María roared ashore; there was thunder, lightning and lots of rain. Maxy was terrified! Finally, the power went out and the house and everything around it was completely dark. The next day when they went outside, they saw destroyed homes, flooded roads and knocked-down trees—including their beloved flamboyant! There was no electricity for a long time, and everyone had to stand in long lines for food, gas and even water to drink.


Eventually, power is restored and Maxy thinks everything is going to be okay. Until one day, the clouds start to gather and he hears thunder and whistling winds. Trembling and whining, he races under the bed! Eventually, and with the help of loved ones, Maxy—like many children who go through natural disasters—learns to overcome his fear and appreciate the benefits of rain.



RICIA ANNE CHANSKY is a professor of literature in the Department of English at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. This is her first children’s book.


YARELIS MARCIAL ACEVEDO, a graduate student at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, plans to write her dissertation on children’s literature. This is her first children’s book.


OLGA BARINOVA is a children’s book illustrator based in Calgary, Canada.




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