Published by Puffin Books on August 8th 1996
Christmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria. Snow had fallen and the streets glittered. Maria's favorite cousins were coming over and she got to help make the tamales for Christmas dinner. It was almost too good to be true when her mother left the kitchen for a moment and Maria got to try on her beautiful diamond ring . . .
This is the story of a treasure thought to be lost in a batch of tamales; of a desperate adn funny attempt by Maria and her cousins to eat their way out of trouble; and the warm way a family pulls together to make it a perfect Christmas after all.
When I first borrowed Too Many Tamales the librarian told me it was a really good and highly recommended it. He was absolutely right.
My son was so excited to read Too Many Tamales because tamales are his favorite food. The story was really cute and I could easily see one of my daughters doing something like Maria did.
The illustrations were pretty good and they looked pretty realistic.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story, as did my son. If you love tamales and want a good laugh you should read Too Many Tamales.