Carmela Full of Wishes

Book cover for Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Pena

Matt de la Pena


Christian Robinson

Book Summary

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true–she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make . . .

With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

Latin American Culture, Latin American Communities, Family, Siblings, Wishfulness & Hope, Immigrant Stories, Latinx

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3)
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Book Category
Latin American Descent