Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match
by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios
Children’s Book Press, 2011
This is the most fun, most genuine story about a bilingual girl dealing with her quirky likes I’ve ever read.
She has brown skin, like her cousin Tato, but she has hair ‘the color of fire’. She doesn’t match. Her peanut butter and jelly burritos don’t match. Even her drawings don’t match. One day she decides to match, but wearing only one color results in the most boring day ever. Fortunately, her teacher writes her a note affirming Marisol is simply marvelous. Loving her mis-matched self again, she searches the dog pound for a puppy perfect for her—mis-matched! Lovely story and moving illustrations.