Un poco perdido by Chris Haughton. Translated by Salvador Figueirido. NubeOcho, 2019. 9788417673130
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Animal fiction
What did you like about the book? Chris Haughton’s riff on the classic lost mother story, Little Owl Lost, is translated into Spanish. Little Owl falls out of the nest, and various other animals help her find her mother. Based on Baby Owl’s descriptions, different candidates are presented – a bear, a hare, etc. Finally, Frog notices that Little Owl’s mommy has been looking for her everywhere and baby and mommy are reunited. Mommy Owl invites all the animals over for cookies. The last page shows Little Owl sleepily tipping out of her nest once more. It’s an adorable story, with rhythm and a familiar and accessible problem to solve. The pencil and digital art is done in deep colors. I love that the squirrel is pink and the frog is blue.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For Spanish speaking kids, ages 2-6, who like gentle humor with their animals.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public library Spanish language collections
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Read it in Spanish or English
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: July 19, 2019