¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market (World of ¡Vamos!) (Hardcover)
This is an adult review of two kids' books. Would your children like them? I can't tell you that! I'm here for the art, which is a frenzied and detailed-yet-spacious depiction of a bilingual delivery worker's day in a friendly border town (1st book) and an afternoon spent stuffing faces at a food truck marathon (2nd book). Elements of underground comic art abound, and It's full of tiny in-jokes and characters so happy they look like they're going to absolutely burst. Finally, the "Let's Go Eat" one actually stimulates my appetite for Mexican food even further than usual - its depictions of deliciousness are just that colorfully profound.— Matt
A 2020 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book
Richard Scarry’s Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third.
Bilingual in a new way, this paper over board book teaches readers simple words in Spanish as they experience the bustling life of a border town. Follow Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe as they deliver supplies to a variety of vendors, selling everything from sweets to sombreros, portraits to piñatas, carved masks to comic books!
About the Author
Raúl the Third is the Pura Belpré Honor-winning illustrator of ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market and ¡Vamos! Let's Go Eat. He is currently working on the expanded world of his ¡Vamos! series. He grew up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, México, and now lives in Boston, Massachusetts with colorist and collaborator Elaine Bay and their son, Raúl the Fourth. Find him online at raulthethird.com, on Twitter @raulthe3rd, and on Instagram @raulthethird.info.
"[T]he grab bag of bilingual terms embedded in dialogue, signage, and stray scraps of text invite all readers to have a grand time latching onto what they know and figuring out what they don’t."–The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED review
"Witty, stylish panel artwork crackles with funky comic energy....Most pleasing is the market’s atmosphere of warmth and affection."–Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"This picture book entertains and informs readers through fresh and engaging art, advancing Spanish vocabulary and cultural references. A winner."–School Library Journal, STARRED review
"The comics-style illustrations of anthropomorphic creatures, objects, and places are full of detail and very enjoyable to explore....[T]this simple morning walk turns into a scavenger hunt of Spanish words and Mexican cultural elements." –The Horn Book, STARRED review
"Excellent for English and Spanish language learners alike....This lively, inviting picture book offers readers a playful glimpse into a desert world surrounded by mountains and cactuses."–Booklist
"A culturally intricate slice of a lupine courier's life."–Kirkus
“The Book of the Year is now out” Tom Angleberger, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Origami Yoda Series.
“Hats off to Raul the Third for this BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL new picture book. You can read it a hundred times and see something new and extraordinary every time.” Dav Pilkey, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Dog Man Series