¡Que rico! Mucho más, por favor



What has that crazy ratón Poco Loco got planned for his birthday?

Poco Loco loves to invent wacky but useful things, such as his Robo-Vacuum and his Motorcycle Mop. Last year’s birthday party was a disaster (exploding piñata), so Poco has made very careful preparations for a great party with his friends Gato, Gallo, Cerdo, and Vaca. Poco has made a Cake-Baking Bunk Bed to mechanize the baking. However, Poco didn’t count on Robo-Vacuum’s love of cake! Robo-Vacuum sets the bed to make ever larger cakes, downing them all until an explosion of batter and frosting covers everyone. Can Poco Loco use his Pogo Pencil, Flashlight Fishing Rod, and other inventions to find his friends and clean up? And what about a pastel for his party? Is this birthday ruined too? Following the pattern they successfully set in Poco Loco (2013), husband-and-wife team Krause and Chua team in another frenetic and funny tale sprinkled with plenty of Spanish words (pronunciation and translation included in a glossary at the front). Krause’s experience on The Simpsons TV show is evident in the bright, busy, full-bleed illustrations. Poco’s enthusiasm will be infectious to audiences of all sizes.

¡Que rico! Mucho más, por favor . (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: April 19, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-477826386

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Two Lions

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2016

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The print version of a knee-slapping cumulative ditty.

In the song, Smith meets a donkey on the road. It is three-legged, and so a “wonky donkey” that, on further examination, has but one eye and so is a “winky wonky donkey” with a taste for country music and therefore a “honky-tonky winky wonky donkey,” and so on to a final characterization as a “spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.” A free musical recording (of this version, anyway—the author’s website hints at an adults-only version of the song) is available from the publisher and elsewhere online. Even though the book has no included soundtrack, the sly, high-spirited, eye patch–sporting donkey that grins, winks, farts, and clumps its way through the song on a prosthetic metal hoof in Cowley’s informal watercolors supplies comical visual flourishes for the silly wordplay. Look for ready guffaws from young audiences, whether read or sung, though those attuned to disability stereotypes may find themselves wincing instead or as well.

Hee haw. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-545-26124-1

Page Count: 26

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 29, 2018

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A sweet reminder that it’s easy to weather a storm with the company and kindness of friends.


Is it a stormy-night scare or a bedtime book? Both!

Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are heading home when a storm lets loose. Before long, their familiar, now very nervous barnyard friends (Goat, Hen, Goose, Cow, Duck, and Pig) squeeze into the garage. Blue explains that “clouds bump and tumble in the sky, / but here inside we’re warm and dry, / and all the thirsty plants below / will get a drink to help them grow!” The friends begin to relax. “Duck said, loud as he could quack it, / ‘THUNDER’S JUST A NOISY RACKET!’ ” In the quiet after the storm, the barnyard friends are sleepy, but the garage is not their home. “ ‘Beep!’ said Blue. ‘Just hop inside. / All aboard for the bedtime ride!’ ” Young readers will settle down for their own bedtimes as Blue and Toad drop each friend at home and bid them a good night before returning to the garage and their own beds. “Blue gave one small sleepy ‘Beep.’ / Then Little Blue Truck fell fast asleep.” Joseph’s rich nighttime-blue illustrations (done “in the style of [series co-creator] Jill McElmurry”) highlight the power of the storm and capture the still serenity that follows. Little Blue Truck has been chugging along since 2008, but there seems to be plenty of gas left in the tank.

A sweet reminder that it’s easy to weather a storm with the company and kindness of friends. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 22, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-328-85213-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: June 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2019

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