Under the Cottonwood Tree

el susto de la curandera


Latinx children’s adventure story graphic novel

Written by Paul Meyer and Carlos Meyer, Illustrated by Margaret Hardy

ISBN: 978-1-7337730-0-3

Retail $19.99

In the deep confines of the beautiful and majestic Rio Grande bosque, a fable is told of a simpler time concerning the 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 will triumph in the end in order to turn an old bruja back into a healer.


2019 International Latino Book Awards – First Place Winner Best Graphic Novel

2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards – Gold Medal Winner Best Graphic Novel



“Virtuoso visual cuentista, brothers Paul and Carlos Meyer powerfully mesmerizes with this breathtaking epic. Margaret Hardy’s kinetic paneling, deft line work, and earthy color palette bring to life a New Mexico and people many might be familiar with, but never really knew. The Meyer brothers awaken us to a world where animals speak, humans willy-nilly shapeshift, and curanderas need healing. With Under the Cottonwood Tree Paul and Carlos Meyer assuredly joins our pantheon of Southwest greats: Rudolfo Anaya, Willa Cather, and N. Scott Momaday.”
—Frederick Luis Aldama, editor recently of Tales from la Vida: A Latinx Comics Anthology and author of the Eisner Award winning Latinx Supherheroes in Mainstream Comics


“A bite of one enchanted bizcochito turns a family’s life upside down in this engaging comic. Packed with love, humor, magic, Southwestern mythology and monsters, it’s sure to grab readers’ attention and enchant them too!” 
—Cathy Camper, Author Lowriders in Space series


“The Meyer brothers have woven a charming adventure story, lovingly depicting the power of familia, forgiveness, and redemption– all while crafting a cuento that is uniquely New Mexican. Each page is brought to life with stunning, whimsical art by Margaret Hardy, beautifully showcasing the distinct Nuevomexicano landscape. So bite into a bizcochito and journey into the bosque with Under the Cottonwood Tree— when you return home once again, you’ll be all the better for it… que no?” 
—Sebastian Kadlecik, creator IPPY award winning Quince comic book


“Full of memorable characters, creatures, and concepts, Under the Cottonwood Tree is exciting, humorous, and affecting—a rich and magical graphic novel.”
—Peter Dabbene, FOREWORD REVIEWS (starred review)


“A fantastical and satisfying romp near the Rio Grande.”


“It’s a winner that deserves an award in and of itself and is a standout among graphic novels, no matter what age group is being targeted.”
—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW



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