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Under the Cottonwood Tree: El Susto de la Curandera

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  48 reviews
In the deep confines of the beautiful and majestic Rio Grande bosque, a fable is told of a simpler time concerning the rich tri-cultural communities of New Mexico. Join brothers Amadeo and Carlos Lucero in this enchanting story of magic and adventure. Discover how the power of love and family triumphs and turns an old witch back into a healer.
Paperback, 166 pages
Published December 15th 2019 by North Fourth Publishing
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demi. ♡
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
[ e-ARC received from NetGalley ]

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for granting my wish for ‘Under the Cottonwood Tree’. I have a good time reading this book. Though I don’t know much about Spanish words, it is still fun for me.
   Amadeo often has to look after his troublemaker younger brother Carlos, but one day when they are in the woods with Amadeo’s friend Monree, Carlos taunts the local curandera too much – and finds himself turned into a calf! So begins their adventure to change Carlos back, but also to learn the importance of reaching out and caring for others and treating others kindly. Steeped in Hispanic/Mexican culture and the fused legends of the combined native and imported origin, the Meyers and Hardy off ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Under the Cottonwood Tree: El Susto de la Curandera is a wonderful story about family, magic and kindness, set in a simpler time.

In this new fable, the youngest brother gets turned into a calf because he teased the old curandera again, calling her an old bruja. The trouble expands to the whole family while they try to change him back into a boy. This is easier said than done and the family (and some family friends) have to deal with a whole bunch of magic and revisit old family connections.

The s
C. S.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one.

The story is a tiny bit trite to grown up readers, but still good, with excellent messages about kindness, forgiveness, loss, and love. I also loved that it was centered around Latino and Native American kids and their culture.

Where the book really shined for though, was the art and colorwork. The top star and a half I added for that alone. It was amusing to see how all the characters who got turned into animals were still clearly recognizable as themselves, and not j
Dini - dinipandareads
This was an absolutely delightful tale of family, friendship, grief and love that is richly infused with Mexican folklore and culture. I knew I would love this graphic novel the minute I started reading it! This was a very fast-paced read and I easily read it one sitting (mostly because I didn't want to put it down). The personal touches in both the foreword and afterword made me enjoy this more, as reading the history of how this story came to be and the authors' personal connections with their ...more
Ruth Ann Lingwall
My concern with this book is that kids will get connected to the adult comic books by the same author which look raunchy! Honestly, I would love to see interesting books that celebrate family and hispanic or other cultures but don’t lead into worse content that is not even fit for adults to read! I had hoped this would be a good series for my family to enjoy.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019, arc
*received for free from netgalley for honest review" This is certinaly original lol its not what I thought but I really liked it and thought It was cute, would reread. ...more
Steff Fox
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Under the Cottonwood Tree or El Susto de la Curandera by Paul Meyer and Carlos Meyer, illustrated by Margaret Hardy was a fascinating and beautiful tale about a family and how the love they share can overcome any amount of hurt, anger, and hate. Coupled with stunning and exquisitely colored artwork, this is definitely a book worth having on your shelf. I had a lot of fun reading this graphic novel, particularly adoring the strange and exciting, if not somewhat scary, adve
My thanks to North Fourth Publishing for a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Under the Cottonwood Tree: el susto de la curandera’ written by Paul Meyer and Carlos Meyer with artwork by Margaret Hardy and Jasey Crowl in exchange for an honest review.

This graphic novel is intended for children though I feel that its message is suitable for readers of all ages.

Under the spreading branches of a cottonwood tree an old woman reads to a group of children a fable about a simpler time. In 1949
Eule Luftschloss
Three boys run through the forest, away from the witch one of them annoyed and stole from. Thinking nothing of it, he eats what he grabbed - and transforms into a calf.

Don't steal from a witch, no matter if she is into healing or into cursing. Period.
This tale is based on a dream, as they say in the foreword, and after the story we find a translation of the Spanglish used. Mostly, the dialogue is in English, but Spanish nameforms and terms are used throghout the book - which I woulnd't even rema
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Under the Cottonwood Tree is a heartwarming and sorrowful story set in New Mexico. Brothers Amadeo and Carlos with their friend end up picking on an old curandera, a healer woman almost like a witch. She turns Carlos into a calf and most of the other siblings too for the reason that she herself lost her family and sorrow established a house into her heart. The siblings try to undo this, but finding the good in the witch's heart, and all this leads to an adventure that is culturally rich and bili ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Thanks to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book
“Love can take you to dark places, but you can’t stay there forever”
Amadeo constantly saves his little brother, Carlos, from mischief. When Carlos trespasses inside the local witch's house, Amadeo finds his little brother has turned into a calf! Unsure of what to do, Amadeo turns to his best friend Monree and his family, to help find a cure for Carlos. Soon, they all find themselves in trouble, and Amadeo is the only one that can save his
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The art in this book is absolutely gorgeous! It's so lovely and vibrant.

As for the story, it's definitely rated for middle-grade or possibly teen because there are simple themes and the plot line is a bit convoluted what with dragging the whole family into the fiasco. I did like the complexity towards the end as it didn't go as I expected it to and the villain was not just evil to be evil-there was a history. I think this was a fun adventure story that could be read over again.

I've seen other re
Jill Kenna
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book!

This graphic novel is gorgeous. The illustrations are amazing and lend themselves to the story very well. The autumnal colors were very nice and fit the story. I also learned a lot about Spanish culture and a bunch of new Spanish words as well while I read this book. I loved that there is a glossary of all the Spanish words used in the book at the very end so if you are unsure you can look it up! That was really cool and a great tool to
Reina Santillanes
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was thoroughly enchanted by this beautiful read, set in the Land of Enchantment. This story is so funny, heartwarming, and accessible (and necessary!) to people of all ages and backgrounds. The breathtaking art, whimsical and bright, transported me right alongside the Lucero family. As a native New Mexican it was incredible to see the characters use the Spanglish I always grew up using. In turn, I was able to see myself and my family in these characters. The authors so seamlessly incorporated ...more
Sundee Perkins
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story was SO GOOD!!! Not only is it set in New Mexico, and by a local author, but it absolutely displays the beauty and mystery of New Mexico expertly. I loved that "spanglish" was used throughout the entire story, and while there is a glossary of terms in the back, the phrases aren't explained at each use, so the flow isn't broken.

This book also has a special significance for me. They first started plotting this when I was in college, and it has finally come together, over 12(ish) years.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really loved how this book incorporated old and new cultures. It was able to talk about things happening today with modern technology in the beginning and then transformed into more a fairytale -esque story. This is a really great story about family, friendship, forgiveness, and redemption. I loved that it incorporated Spanish and the New Mexcian dialect. There is also a really helpful glossary in the back for those who do not speak Spanish, like myself. This story had a great whimsical feel a ...more
Homewood Library
The story in this book is interesting, intriguing, and envoloping. The heroes are recognizable, and the villain is too. The lines between hero and villain and fuzzy in the best way possible. The art is clear and gorgeous. You see this cover? The vibrance? The illumination? All. The. Way. Through. Absolutely fabulous. Worth every second of time, and the Cookies & Comics discussion group really wants another installment. - Miss Kelly
Donovan Turney
This was a very interesting story to say the least, a bit unusual at times but overall it had a great message if you can read between the lines a bit. Really lovely illustrations as well. This story takes many turns, from turning the boy into a pot or a chair I believe because he was teasing someone, to teaching you not to make fun of people. This story went in a few different directions but overall a good read.
Folk tale of the Southwest, incorporating elements from the Spanish and the Native American tribes of the Rio Grande valley. Gorgeous art work. I loved all of the Spanish words and phrases sprinkled throughout.
Anjedah / bookriot_awesomeyou
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great graphic
Fun packed
Great for children and middle school
Thanks for this book . This story is really nice love the story building
Jim Vega
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story about about the power of family and New Mexican mythology woven together to make wonderful and fascinating adventure with beautiful graphic art.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, magical, and fun, great for all ages. Story emphasizes the importance of family, love, and forgiveness. Beautiful story, beautiful characters, and beautiful illustrations.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This graphic novel jumps into the action right away. Three children are running away from what can only be a witch according to the youngest one. One of the characters gets turned into a cow and the others join this fate as well. This book is fast paced. However, I did get lost here and there. One of the things I value is the glossary/translations for all of the Spanish words throughout the text. Children ages 8 and older would enjoy this book.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5

Under the Cottonwood Tree is a classic tale - a creepy old bruja in the forest punishing reckless, meddling children. It then becomes a tale of magic, understanding, forgiveness, grief and family.

The gorgeous story-telling throughout this graphic novel complements perfectly with the Mexican influence that is scattered throughout. From the Spanish language throughout the dialogue to the inclusion of Mexican mythology and folklore, a wonderful fantastical feel has been created.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, the artwork is STUNNING! The colors are so vibrant and the sketches are perfecto!
The story! It was a heartwarming tale talking about loss, the importance of family, and how, sometimes, one act of kindness is all the world needs. I felt like I was listening to someone telling me a Mexican folktale around the campfire. Recommended!

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy!
Tracey Vince
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I was lucky to receive an Arc from Netgalley of Under The Cotton Tree By Paul Meyer which is a rather dreamy Graphic Novel. It tells the story of brothers and a friend who go into a forest called a Bosque and there is a change in one of them. There is even a healer who changed too. I loved the artwork too it matched the dreaminess of the story. You probably wondering why i keep using words like dreamy well the answer to this question is that it started out as being a strange dream which the auth ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful graphic novel with wonderful illustrations.

It tells the tale of magic, family, love & hate and the power of kindness in the fight against anger.

I really liked this & would love to include a copy in my classroom library.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got this comic as an ARC through Netgalley and the publisher.

First of all, I must say that I was surprised and delighted to find a comic book that involved not only curanderos and native american mysticism and lore, but also Mexican American representation! Being Hispanic and from the Southwest USA myself, I loved reading this story! The bits of Spanish were just enough that I could understand and feel at home with the characters. I come from a large family so it was easy to relate to Carlos
Kelda Anderson
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: This was provided via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

I really liked this, the art style was different to a lot of the other graphic novels I’ve read recently, the colours were gorgeous and none of the pages felt too crowded or too busy, which is an easy thing to happen in graphic novels.
The story itself was one of family, friendships and love told in the style of an old folklore with the set up being that this is a story being told to a group of children. I love the
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