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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Reflects Latinx culture. Includes a Spanish-to-English glossary, an octopus stew recipe, and lots of imagination.
Celebrate your own culture and see the value in others. Use your imagination and your quick wits.
Positive Role Models
Ramsey's family is close, offers fun and tradition through storytelling and food.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eric Velasquez's Octopus Stew is a delightful tall tale that celebrates Latino culture and an adventurous spirit. The colorful illustrations exude warmth and humor, bringing readers into the heart of the family of a boy named Ramsey. The twist in the story is that it can be read two ways, depending on whether the flaps of the center pages are open or closed. Spanish words and phrases are sprinkled throughout and translated into English only when it doesn't interrupt the flow of the story, which is a lovely demonstration of both storytelling and the way multiple cultures can blend together. At the end of the book, there's a recipe for octopus stew, a glossary, and a note from the author about his early family life.
Is It Any Good?
This funny adventure is visually rich and full of imagination, and gives readers a glimpse of Latino storytelling traditions through the eyes of a young boy. The back-and-forth between Ramsey and his grandma will be familiar to many families, as will his dislike of eating foods grown-ups love. Octopus Stew is a great read-aloud book, with lots of "blop" and "kerchunk" sound effects as things with the octopus go incredibly wrong. The Spanish words and phrases throughout the book will be fun for native speakers and a chance to learn for others. And the octopus stew recipe at the end of the book could lead adventurous cooks to the kitchen.
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