Tracey Kyle grew up in New Jersey and spent much of her childhood reading and writing poems. After seeing the boy band Menudo perform on a Latino TV station in middle school, she decided to learn Spanish fluently. Eventually she studied in Madrid, Spain. She spends most of her time as "Señora Kyle," teaching Spanish to a fun group of 8th graders. When she's not writing lesson plans or working on a new story, she loves to read, cook and practice yoga. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two cats.
"This cute and colorful book will make preschoolers giggle!" —Jacqueline Jules, author of the Zapato Power series
"Who doesn’t love a REAL food fight? Put on your goggles and grab the tomates! Tracey Kyle makes a splash with this little known piece of culture that kids will love!” —Kathryn Erskine, author of The Badger Knight, Seeing Red, and 2010 National Book Award Winner for Mockingbird
"Want to introduce kids to festivals from other parts of the world? This is a romp through Spain's famous tomato festival. Use it to get kids to explore fun international traditions and celebrations. Kyle's book captures pure joy!" —Marcie Flinchum Atkins, International Baccalaureate, Primary Years Programme Librarian and author of Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature
"Who knew a food fight could be so much fun or so colorful! Grab your goggles and wade into a Spanish tomato-throwing festival that will leave readers yelling ¡Ole!" —Candice Ransom, author of Bones in the White House
"Kyle captures the messy fun and playful chaos of the world's biggest approved food fight, La Tomatina, in her lively snappy, rhyming book.” —Sue Fliess, author of How to Trap a Leprechaun
"An American child travels to Buñol, Spain, to take part in the town’s annual raucous celebration of the tomato. La Tomatina is a large organized food fight in which residents wear goggles and spend the day throwing crushed ripe tomatoes until the streets are covered in one ruby red, pulpy mess. In an easy flowing rhyme, the narrator describes their enthusiastic participation. . . . Cartoon illustrations depict the rowdy, frenzied event as everyone and everything is splattered and splashed in the fruit’s squishy juices. . . . A high-spirited celebration of a unique experience." —Kirkus Reviews