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cheerful possibilities, such as “I am silly / soy bobo.” Gleeful babies
are shown smiling, clapping, laughing, and squealing, and it’s likely
youngsters perusing the book’s pages will mirror many of these joyful
expressions. —Julia Smith
By Anne-Sophie Tilly. Illus. by Julien Chung.
2017. 36p. Annick, $7.99 (9781554518913). PreS.
This trilingual (English, French, and Spanish) board book introduces
young listeners to 15 animals. Most species will be recognizable to the
intended audience (lion, toad, turtle), though a few will be less familiar
(iguana, buffalo, hyena). Each species appears separately on black-and-white double-paged spreads, and Chung’s artwork shows much variety
despite the lack of color. Many animals seem to pop out of the black
backgrounds (giraffe, jaguar, hippo), while other creatures are somewhat obscured by patterned backgrounds (parrot, elephant, zebra).
Color is used only for the text: yellow (English), blue (French), and
green (Spanish). A final spread, depicting everyone seated for a story
from mouse, brings the book to a surprising narrative conclusion. Ideal
for multilingual story hours, pair with Tilly and Chung’s companion
title, Don’t Move! (2017). —Kay Weisman
La lluvia torrencial.
By Kirsten McDonald. Illus. by Erika Meza. Tr. by Nord Compo.
2017. 32p. ABDO/Magic Wagon, lib. ed., $27.07 (9781614796169). Gr. 1–3.
In this Spanish-language adventure, Latino twins Carmen and Carlos are bored and restless from being stuck inside on a rainy day. When
the storm passes, they run outside only to find their backyard is completely flooded. What will they do? Parents to the rescue! Carlos and
Carmen are friendly and easy to relate to, and children will be drawn
to the illustrations, which are bright with rich colors and clear images.
The book has a good mix of art and text per page, and the sturdy
binding will stand up to punishment. The book features vocabulary
that may be advanced for a beginner Spanish reader, but also a short
glossary. Part of a four-title set, this is great for readers just entering
chapter-book series. —Rosie Camargo
La siesta perfecta.
By Pato Mena. Illus. by the author.
2017. 40p. NubeOcho, $15.95 (9788494541544). PreS–Gr. 1.
What happens when you need to take a nap but your only wake-up
call is from a sloth? Tigre is enjoying the jungle breeze when suddenly he
feels sleepy. He asks a nearby coati if he could wake him up in 10 minutes. So begins a pattern, as we see one animal ask another for a wake-up
call, until we arrive at the last animal, a very, very sleepy sloth. This ideal
choice for a read-aloud uses repetition to help children anticipate what’s
going to happen next, thereby engaging the reader. The exotic animals,
meanwhile, introduce children to other creatures of the natural world.
Chilean author Mena does a wonderful job with illustrations, using the
full size of the page to depict each animal in sleek shapes and bright
shades of orange, red, blue, and purple. —Rosie Camargo
The Life of Celia / La vida de Celia.
By Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein. Illus. by Citlali Reyes.
2017. 20p. Lil’ Libros, $9.99 (9780986109959). 782.4216. PreS.
Lil’ Libros, created by two Latinas who saw a need for bilingual concept Spanish-language books, led off with picture-book biographies
on Frida Kahlo and Emiliano Zapata, both great volumes for any preschool or kindergarten library. This book presents English and Spanish
words on the left and a bright, cheery image on the right, effectively
reinforcing concepts (though no pronunciation key is supplied). Reyes’
often orange-hued illustrations fill the sturdy board-book pages with
vibrant colors, and there’s a trace of a story regarding Celia Cruz’s rise
to fame, if you’re paying attention: one spread shows Cuba, the next
Celia, a later one New York, and finally a gold record. The synopsis on
the book’s back cover serves as a guide to explaining all of this. Another
fine offering from this promising publisher. —Rosie Camargo
By R. J. Bailey. Tr. by RAM Translations.
2016. 24p. illus. Jump!/Bullfrog, lib. ed., $17.95 (9781620315040). 978.3. Gr. 1–3.
Have you ever wondered how long it took to carve out Mount
Rushmore, who takes care of it, and who are those faces, anyway?
These questions and more are answered in this primer written in
Spanish for early-elementary students. It’s plastered with full-color
photographs, ranging from sticks of dynamite used to blast away bits
of the mountain for carving to historic in-progress photos. A nifty
closing glossary (with photos) and an index give readers an opportunity to go back and review. This concise look at the construction of
Mount Rushmore and the history of the presidents it honors is suited
for both Spanish-speaking children and learners of Spanish, since the
language is simple and the topic is educational, geared to anyone who
has an interest in learning about one of the nation’s most well-known
monuments. —Kristina Pino
Parques de diversiones embrujados.
By Rachel Anne Cantor. Tr. by Eida del Risco.
Aug. 2017. 24p. illus. Bearport, lib. ed., $18.95 (9781684023882). 133.1. Gr. 3–5.
This entry in the De Puntillas en lugares escalofriantes (Tiptoe into
Scary Places) series hits kids where they live: amusement parks. Cantor
recounts creepy, alleged tales of people hearing their names whispered
in the air, seeing shadowy figures pass by, and suddenly coming face-to-face with a gigantic plaster eye. Specific parks are spotlighted. In
Japan, a whole park was dedicated to the story of Gulliver’s Travels.
Unfortunately, they built it near a “cursed and haunted forest”—and
the park, so goes the rumor, was a failure from the start. High-interest
photos are included on each page, along with a text box with a backstory of the relevant haunting. A map of the locations of the parks, online
extensions, and a supernatural terminology glossary are provided at the
end of the book. —Rosie Camargo
Perdida en el museo.
By Eleanor May. Illus. by Deborah Melmon. Tr. by Madelca
Oct. 2017. 32p. Kane, paper, $7.95 (9781575658902); e-book, $22.65
(9781575658919). K–Gr. 2.
Mice Alberto and Leo are in charge of watching their little cousin
Paula, but lose her in the “mouseum” they are visiting. After deciding who will go left and who will go right, Alberto and Leo split
up to look for her. This volume in the Spanish-language Ratón
matemático (Mouse Math) series wraps the concepts of left and right
in an engaging narrative and offers concluding activities to reinforce
the lesson. Elementary-age readers will enjoy touring the mouseum
as they follow the search for Paula. Playful illustrations incorporate humorous details, such as a recreation of the Mona Lisa with
a mouse head. Furthermore, Domínguez ensures that her Spanish
translation uses appropriate math terms like linea recta for straight
line, instead of derecho, which can be confused for right by readers.
—Sonia Alejandra Rodríguez
Ratoncitos / Little Mice.
By Susie Jaramillo. Illus. by the author.
2017. 10p. Encantos, $14.99 (9780996995924). PreS–K.
The Canticos collection returns with their third book in their bilingual nursery rhyme series, which might fill your collection’s hole
of such traditional rhymes. This title is based on the Spanish nursery
song “Cinco ratoncitos de colita gris.” Five little clever mice, after
a delicious meal of cheese, are trying to creep past a sneaky cat and
reach their home. Filled with playful and colorfully painted animals
by Venezuelan illustrator Jaramillo, readers are swept up in a visual
sing-along of a beloved rhyme. The book’s sturdy pages and flaps
are great for little fingers, and the accordion format is unique: the
Spanish side opens to the Spanish text, but if you flip the book, the
text is in English. Adorable and interactive, including links to an
app featuring a sing-along video in six languages. —Rosie Camargo