Poco Loco

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Zany mouse inventor tale spiced with Spanish.

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Educational Value

Spanish words and animal names are smoothly integrated into the text, with characters like Vaca, Gato, and Cerdo (Cow, Cat, and Pig). A glossary of Spanish words is a handy reference. 

Positive Messages

Listen to the smart kid when he warns you about bad weather! Think quickly to solve a problem in a crisis so you can protect your friends. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Poco Loco is smart, inventive, a creative thinker, and a kind friend. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Poco Loco is a light and comic story about a mouse inventor named Poco Loco. He warns his friends that bad weather's coming, and when it arrives, he uses one of his inventions to save them from harm. Spanish words and animal names are woven seamlessly into the text, and there's a helpful glossary of the words used. 

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What's the story?

Poco Loco is a cute raton (mouse) inventor of unusual devices, including a shower bed and a Waffle Iron-Weather Forecaster. When the other barnyard animals set out for a picnic, he warns them that mal tiempo (bad weather) is coming, but they think he's loco (crazy). When the wind whips up it carries Poco Loco into the sky with his paraguas (umbrella), and one by one all the other animals grab on as well. When it starts to rain, Poco Loco must flip on the helicopter function of his umbrella to save them.

Is it any good?

POCO LOCO is a zany adventure with cute characters by artist and TV animator J.R.Krause, a designer for The Simpsons, and his wife, Maria Chua, a bilingual psychiatric social worker. It includes a handy glossary of the Spanish words that are sprinkled throughout.

Poco Loco's wacky inventions are fun, and the colorful, stylized animals look and act funny. But the story is a bit thin and its climax is not too exciting. Still, kids will enjoy the humor and nonstop action, and they'll learn some Spanish words and animal names along the way. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about crazy inventors. Why do you think stories about them are so popular? Can you think of some others? 

  • What's a crazy invention you can imagine? 

  • See what kind of invention you can come up with using a few simple things you already have in your house, like cardboard, string, and aluminum foil. 

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