Perfect Picture Book Friday – Federico And The Wolf

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday and I have such a terrific title to share with you today!

Wait until you see this one!!! 😊


Title: Federico And The Wolf

Written By: Rebecca J. Gomez

Illustrated By: Elisa Chavarri

Clarion Books, May 19, 2020, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-7

Themes/Topics: fairy tale retelling (Little Red Riding Hood), courage, quick thinking

Opening: “Once upon a modern time
a boy named Federico
left to buy ingredients
to make the perfect pico.”

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text copyright Rebecca J. Gomez 2020, illustration copyright Elisa Chavarri 2020 Clarion Books HMH


Brief Synopsis: In this modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, a young boy named Federico, dressed in a red hoodie, rides his bicycle to the store to shop for the ingredients for pico.  When he arrives at Grandpa’s shop, Grandpa’s beard is so thick! and his arms are so grande! and what on earth is up with his dentures?  He does not look the way he should!

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text copyright Rebecca J. Gomez 2020, illustration copyright Elisa Chavarri 2020 Clarion Books HMH


Links To Resources: the back of the book has a recipe for pico and a glossary of the Spanish vocabulary included in the story; read with other retellings of Little Red Riding Hood – Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar, Little Red Writing by Joan Holub; make up your own version of Little Red Riding Hood (or another fairy tale 😊); Little Red Riding Hood Teaching Ideas and Activities (for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school)

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text copyright Rebecca J. Gomez 2020, illustration copyright Elisa Chavarri 2020 Clarion Books HMH


Why I Like This Book: I love that in this retelling Little Red is a boy!  He rides a bike through the city streets and park instead of skipping through the woods 😊 His bike basket is filled with ingredients for making fresh pico.  The text is written in perfect rhyme and sprinkled with lots of accessible Spanish vocabulary for kids to learn from. The story is delightful from start to finish and the art is bright and engaging.  Clever and fun!  You won’t want to miss this one!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!!  I hope you’ll all get to celebrate Memorial Day in an appropriately socially distant way!!! 😊

25 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Federico And The Wolf

  1. viviankirkfield says:

    Usually I’m the last here…but I was watching a movie and came to shut down my computer and saw that your PPBF post was already up, Susanna. What an amazing book you shared…where do you find these treasures?

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I know Becky and she sent me this to review, Vivian. Isn’t it fantastic? The story is so much fun, the rhyme is spot on, and the art is so bright and appealing! This is one I’ll be sharing with my grandkids!

      • Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez says:

        Hi lovely ladies, this sounds amazing! I liked the idea when I first saw it but after this review and insight, I feel like it’s a must read, especially if the rhyme is spot on, which we all know is so hard to do

      • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

        It’s fantastic, Kaitlyn, you will love it! The rhyme is not only perfect, but creative – working in Spanish words and never relying on obvious easy rhymes. The story is really fun and the art is delightful!

  2. Laurie Carmody says:

    This story looks like such a fresh and fun take on Little Red Riding Hood! I do love a fairy tale adaptation!

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