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  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477816496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477816493
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poco Loco is a most unusual mouse. He’s an inventor who combines two seemingly unrelated items into unique but practical creations. A Cuckoo Clock-Coffeemaker and a Waffle Iron-Weather Forecaster are just two examples of his machines. “And the Shower-Bed–most think it’s just plain loco. That’s why everyone calls him Poco Loco.” With a glossary of Spanish words to help them along, readers follow Poco Loco as he tries to warn his friends of mal tiempo (bad weather). However, they do not heed his advice and soon find themselves on a picnic in the middle of a storm. All ends well, thanks to Poco Loco’s genius invention of a helicópter-paraguas (helicopter umbrella). This book will work well during storytimes; its refrain of “¡Ay, Poco Loco!” encourages crowd participation and it has many other opportunities for interaction with the story. The rhyming sentences flow off the tongue and are impossible to say without enthusiasm. “Gato runs!/Gato jumps!/Gato grips tight–…and Gato takes flight!” The digital illustrations are bright and colorful, and a perfect match for the exuberant text. This ratón should find a home in libraries everywhere.– Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WI School Library Journal August 2013

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My grandson and I had the best time reading this book - over and over.
Edie
Poco Loco is a story about a mouse who loves to invent crazy inventions to help his friends.
Seanna
This book is not Spanish, but does introduce Spanish words/terms in a fun way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Igelfeld VINE VOICE on July 3, 2013
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This book is primarily written in English with a sprinkle of Spanish. So if you're easing your child into dual language experience, this is not a bad choice. The book has an English-Spanish translation for the 20 odd words that are included in the book, so the non-Spanish speaking parents can do the "research" on word meanings. The story is engaging for a young child and really is targetted for toddlers and early readers. Overall, I the author and publisher did a nice job with the book and although it won't win any awards in children's publishing, it's a very nice book that I do like (as I believe many young children will as well).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2013
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This is a cute, colorful book about a wacky mouse named Poco Loco -- who also happens to be smart enough invent some really strange gadgets that made my grandson laugh out loud and point them out on the pages again and again. My 3 year-old grandson has learned some Spanish at preschool and I got this for him because of its mix of Spanish and English text. There is a glossary included to help with pronunciation and English translation in case the reader is not bilingual or familiar with the words. The pictures are more cartoonish than realistic, and the tale is silly and fun to read. I think it's one he will want to hear again and again and it will also reinforce the Spanish vocabulary he's learning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2013
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"Poco Loco" is an inventive ratόn - mouse - who is wildly imaginative, some might say absurdly so. However "Poco Loco" is exactly the zany character that preschoolers love to read about. His inventions - "the "Cuckoo Clock-Coffeemaker"; the "Waffle Iron-Weather Forecaster"; and the "Shower Bed" - while absurd to adults, make perfect sense to toddlers.

In "Poco Loco", J.R. Krause and Maria Chua have provided readers with a nicely done tale, employing select Spanish words and phrases, that can help reinforce language lessons little ones may have an opportunity to experience. The glossary and pronunciation guide of Spanish words at the beginning of the book is an additional learning tool and may, for adults who are not be bilingual themselves, provide assistance when reading the book to little ones.

Illustrations by Maria Chua are vivid, colorful, and simply done. The drawings have little visual depth; they are somewhat childish and cartoon-like. Nevertheless, this is a book targeted toward younger children. They seem to see the illustrations as being similar to what they are able to do. Thus, they may find the artwork very non-threatening and quite appealing.

The story of "Poco Loco" is not complex and, for older children and adults, may be somewhat silly. Toddlers, however, seem to find the wacky mouse and his escapades quite engaging; they delight in having the book read repeatedly.

"Poco Loco" is a fun way to reinforce language skills your potentially bilingual little one may be acquiring. My 3 ˝ year old grandson delighted in telling me the Spanish word when I read the book and substituted the English word for the text's Spanish word. The entire book is simple enough that he was able to almost memorize it and "read" it to me after only a few repetitions. Overall, this is a fun book, but not one that I think will have long-lasting appeal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey VINE VOICE on June 29, 2013
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This book is along the same type of book as Skippyjon Jones. It contains a mix of Spanish and English. This book also has a glossary in the front with all the Spanish words so you know both what the word means and how to say it. (For those of us who don't know Spanish all that well.) I found this to be a great lesson on inference.

"Meowed the Gato." leaves the kid enough information to infer what "gato" means without looking it up. There are plenty of opportunities to ask the child what the Spanish word might mean given the context. The story will keep them entertained while providing lots of learning opportunity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Barbara VINE VOICE on June 27, 2013
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Poco Loco by J.R. Krause and Maria Chua is a great little book to introduce your beginning readers to Spanish.

Poco Loco is a mouse with lots of barnyard friends and a silly idea or two. Spanish words are intermixed with beginning English and Laugh-out-Loud illustrations. A young reader will enjoy thumbing through the book seeing the crazy little mouse invent his waffle-iron/weather-forecaster and deal with the subsequent consequences of ignoring the Weatherman.

Adults who read this aloud to the young ones can take advantage of the Glossary and pronunciation list of twenty-five Spanish words at the front of the book. I know I learned a few new ones myself.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darren Garnick on June 6, 2013
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J.R. Krause is an artist for The Simpsons, but thankfully you won't see any gruesome "Itchy and Scratchy" mouse scenes here.

Because of my kindergartner's love for the familiar, bedtime stories in my house are usually dominated by Curious George. But there's only SO many times I can stomach the Man With The Yellow Hat's enabling attitude and tendency to reward his monkey for mischief. But I'm getting off track here.

Poco Loco is an old fashioned "What Happens Next?" story starring a bilingual mouse with a passion for building crazy inventions. The Rube Goldberg-inspired silliness and cleverness will be sure to amuse your child. There's even a Wizard of Oz-style storm in the mix to shake up the narrative and keep it moving.

Despite being touted as an introductory tool for learning a foreign language, Poco Loco never comes across as preachy and as rare as this is in children's lit, there is no heavy moral to the story.

I was delightfully surprised by the ending -- so getting a few laughs from the real target audience was almost guaranteed.

I look forward to Poco Loco's next adventure. Perhaps a cross-over story with Stuart Little or Speedy Gonzales? ANDELE! ANDELE! ARRIBA!
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