Vamos! Let's Go to the Market
Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

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Annotation: Little Lobo, who is Mexican American, and Bernabe, his dog, deliver supplies to vendors at the Mercado, a busy border town market.
Catalog Number: #209858
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-328-55726-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7612-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-328-55726-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7612-7
Dewey: E
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Excellent for English and Spanish language learners alike, this bilingual book for young readers combines language acquisition and cultural themes, telling a simple story while giving readers a real feast for the eyes in its richly detailed, full-color cartoon scenes depicting the animal denizens of El Mercado. Little Lobo's day at the market involves running around everywhere delivering packages. While he's at it, readers can wander around the pages full of background action in the Richard Scarry like scenes, filled with busy merchants and labyrinthine layouts, "a maze of pathways, shops, and booths." Everything is inconspicuously labeled with Spanish terms, the dialogue is often translated for non-Spanish speakers, and the scenery references many aspects of Mexican culture, such as sugar skulls, Cantinflas and other icons, cultural dress, cuisine, folk music and dancing, Lucha libre, and much more. A helpful glossary at the end fills any gaps. This lively, inviting picture book offers readers a playful glimpse into a desert world surrounded by mountains and cactuses.
Kirkus Reviews
Little Lobo and his dog, Bernabé, journey through a Mexican mercado delivering diverse goods to a variety of booths.With the aid of red words splattered throughout the spreads as labels, Raúl the Third gives an introduction to Spanish vocabulary as Little Lobo, an anthropomorphic wolf, leaves his house, fills his cart with objects from his warehouse, and delivers them to the market's vendors. The journey also serves as a crash course in Mexican culture, as the images are packed with intertextual details such as food, traditional games, and characters, including Cantinflas, Frida Khalo, and Juan Gabriel. Readers acquainted with Raúl the Third's characters from his Lowriders series with author Cathy Camper will appreciate cameos from familiar characters. As he makes his rounds, Little Lobo also collects different artifacts that people offer in exchange for his deliveries of shoe polish, clothespins, wood, tissue paper, paintbrushes, and a pair of golden laces. Although Raúl the Third departs from the ball-pen illustrations that he is known for, his depiction of creatures and critters peppering the borderland where his stories are set remains in his trademark style. The softer hues in the illustrations (chosen by colorist Bay) keep the busy compositions friendly, and the halftone patterns filling the illustrations create foregrounds and backgrounds reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein's pointillism.A culturally intricate slice of a lupine courier's life. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)
Publishers Weekly
This picture book graphic novel by Raúl the Third (Low Riders to the Center of the Earth) celebrates the richness of border-town culture. The artist shows Little Lobo and his dog Bernabé as they make deliveries to Mercado de Chauhtémoc la Curiosidad, -a maze of pathways, shops, and booths.- Spanish and English words intermingle on the page as Little Lobo goes first to a warehouse to pick up items merchants have asked for (-clothes pins-pinzas para la ropa-), then heads for the market. Witty, stylish panel artwork crackles with funky comic energy, and the market churns with activity as merchants sell sweets (Little Lobo buys a churro), make piñatas, and paint on velvet. Little Lobo brings the clothespins to Señor Duende, who gives him a comic book about his favorite luchador, El Toro. -It would be great if we could meet El Toro one day,- Little Lobo sighs. Miraculously, as if the pleasures of churros and comics were not enough, he gets to give his hero a ride home. Most pleasing is the market-s atmosphere of warmth and affection: -Siempre tiene prisa!- the jarmaker clucks fondly after Little Lobo: -Always in a hurry!- Spanish words define background objects throughout (fuego describes a fire breather-s warm emanation) and a Spanish-to-English glossary concludes this inventive picture book. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
Word Count: 718
Reading Level: 3.1
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 505912 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.4 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q76818
Lexile: AD610L
Guided Reading Level: X

Richard Scarry's Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpr Medal-winning illustrator Ra l the Third. Bilingual in a new way, this paper over board book teaches readers simple words in Spanish as they experience the bustling life of a border town. Follow Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe as they deliver supplies to a variety of vendors, selling everything from sweets to sombreros, portraits to pi atas, carved masks to comic books

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