Raul the Third. Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market. Colored by Elaine Bay. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
Summary from the author’s web site
Little Lobo loves Lucha Libre, and today he and his dog Bernabé have a big job to do, delivering necessary items to people all over the Mercado, even to where the luchadors fight! Friends and neighbors greet them everywhere they go as readers are treated to a full tour of the many sights of the bustling marketplace. Traditional treats like banderas de coco and churros are introduced and enjoyed along with many other cultural items and experiences. Every scene is chock-full of clever details and words to learn in Spanish. Will Little Lobo get to meet El Toro, his favorite luchador ever? ¡Vamos al mercado and let’s find out!
This picture book is written in graphic novel style. Raul the Third includes many Spanish words in the text which would make this a great addition to a Spanish/English classroom. I appreciated the fact that there is a glossary at the back for some of the words. Many of the Spanish words are defined within the text or are labels for pictures but not all of them.
The illustrations have an Hispanic feel to them which is very appropriate for the text of the book.
I would not hesitate to add Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market to my K-12 Christian School library. I will be including it in my Mock Caldecott unit later this fall.
I borrowed a copy of Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market from my local public library. This is my honest review.
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