¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat!

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Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media
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Delectable food truck journey has tons of Spanish vocab.

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Educational Value

Gives kids a glimpse into Latinx culture, traditional foods, and a unique and popular sport -- lucha libre or professional wrestling. Teaches many different Spanish words and phrases, glossary with English translation at the end.

Positive Messages

Your work can be fun and bring joy to others. There are so many traditional dishes to be enjoyed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Little Lobo is lively, freindly, curious, and kindsly picks up food for others. This book offers a positive view of Latinx culture -- everyday life, traditional foods, and friendships.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat! by author-illustrator Raúl the Third, is a lively picture book with an old comic book feel to it. It's also the second installment in this bilingual series beautifully colored by Elaine Bay. As in the previous book, Little Lobo (a wolf) and his dog, Bernabé, navigate a busy border town and immerse the reader in Latinx culture and Spanish vocabulary. This time they bring along a rooster pal, Kooky Dooky, and together they turn their next lunchtime run into a mouthwatering food truck tour in search of favorite local delights to deliver to a group of hungry lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) stars. Each page contains a wealth of details and pictures, speech bubbles that help move the story along, many items labeled in Spanish, plus tons of simple Spanish words and phrases. A useful Glossary with English translation is included at the end of this book.

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What's the story?

¡VAMOS! LET'S GO EAT! is a busy book that shares the traditional food truck experience. The cheerfully energetic main character, Little Lobo, reprises his role as a bike courier after receiving a message from El Toro and his friends, hungry lucha libre stars looking to fuel up before their big match. A mouthwatering experience follows as Little Lobo, accompanied by his dog Bernabé and rooster pal Kooky Dooky, pick up a varied assortment of food truck treats to deliver -- fresh made tortillas, tacos, burritos, tamales, elote, diced fruit, flan, and buñuelos. So much Mexican food!

Is it any good?

This engaging, jam-packed, comic-like storybook includes tons of Spanish vocabulary on each page. Each illustration is filled with new scenes and many different food trucks for readers to explore. In addition, each page will have kids reading through speech bubbles and paying attention to details and labeled illustrations. Author Raúl the Third, a Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator, beautifully draws young readers into a busy world and does an exceptional job exposing them to Spanish vocabulary and Latinx culture. Specific items and traditional foods featured in ¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat! are Latinx in origin but have universal appeal, making this a great book for families to read together. There's so much to talk about! Kids can discover new illustrations and details on repeated readings, and they'll want to read this book over and over.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite foods, just like the main characters in ¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat!, and use Spanish words to label the foods they love to eat. What's your favorite food truck food? How do we name it in Spanish?

  • Read through this book together and identify things you see in your everyday life. How do you say it in English? How do you say it in Spanish?

  • Latinx culture is illustrated in this book about a border town and its traditional food trucks. What culture does your family identify with? Have you ever eaten at a food truck?

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