Monday, June 10, 2019

Review - Gazpacho for Nacho

Gazpacho for Nacho
by Tracey Kyle
illustrated by Carolina Farías
Date: 2014
Publisher: Two Lions
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book

Nacho likes to eat only one thing: gazpacho! Gazpacho for breakfast, gazpacho for lunch, gazpacho for dinner, for snacks, and for brunch. Nacho won't even try other dishes... until he discovers miles and piles of mouthwatering vegetables at the market. This lively rhyming story, sprinkled with Spanish, will delight little chefs. A recipe for Gazpacho and a Spanish glossary are included.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Gazpacho for Nacho is a rhyming picture book about a little boy who only wants to eat gazpacho. Talk about a picky eater! Finally, his mother gets fed up and drags him to the market to pick out his own veggies. If he's going to obsessively eat gazpacho, he's going to learn to make it himself! But the trip to the market opens Nacho's eyes a little to all the other wonderful things he could be making... and with a successful gazpacho under his belt, he's inspired to try making other dishes.

I really like the way this is written. Spanish words are used throughout, often to help with the rhyme, but the way they're incorporated makes it fairly easy to tell what they mean. (The illustrations and the glossary at the back help with this, too.) The pictures are pretty cute. There's also a gazpacho recipe for kids who are curious about this cold veggie soup.

The inclusion of the glossary is really helpful, especially since it also gives the pronunciation for all the Spanish words in the book. Parents unfamiliar with Spanish who are going to be reading this one to their kids might want to familiarize themselves with those words first so the reading can go smoothly.

Overall, this is a strong picture book that taught me a few Spanish words... and made me kind of hungry!

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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