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.”
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!
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)
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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10 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Federico And The Wolf”
This looks amazing. I love the illustrations you’ve shown, that its bilingual, and twists red’s gender. I am looking foward to geting it from the library. Thank you for featuring it.
I’ve read this one, too, and think it is very clever as well. The illustrations are lovely.
But, most of all, I like that it is written with a boy as the main character.
Thank you, Susanna, for highlighting this one!
I love it! Clever and fun! Thanks, Susanna!
Love that the main character is a Latino boy. Very clever twist on this modern fable.
I’m a fan of making the old fresh, and it looks like this book does just that! I also love it for all of Maria’s reasons, too. And that question: And what on earth is up with his dentures? LOL. I’ll be adding this to my TBR pile, Susanna. Thanks for the rec!
Oh, I love fractured fairy tales. And this one sounds full of fun twists on the original. Definitely one to check out. Thanks, Susanna!
This looks so fun! A wonderful, updated, bilingual twisted fairy tale! Love it!
This twisty tale certainly is a “Perfect Picture Book”! Thanks for sharing, Susanna 🙂
I had the chance to work with Rebecca during a mentorship. Her rhyme work is impeccable!
Great retelling! How fun. Thanks for sharing and congrats Rebecca.