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¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

(Little Lobo #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  847 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Visit a marketplace of a buzzing border town.

This bilingual 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!
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Versify
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May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidstuff, lucha-libre
This was a five-SQUEE book for me!

A simple, bilingual tale of three things I love - shopping, eating, and lucha libre! ZING go the strings of my corazón! I want to go to this market, buy all the nifty wares, and stuff my face with the splendiferous food.

The artwork is the real star here . . .



The style is funky and retro - kind of like one of Sara Varon's critters


had a baby with Cuphead.


Look out, Raúl the Third . . .


I am SO following you!

Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let's address the obvious comparison: ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market is the modern day Richard Scarry book.

If, as a child, you enjoyed poring over Scarry's busy cityscapes peppered with a cast of amusing characters, you will find much to enjoy in this brilliantly conceived picture book. Each page is packed with action and pleasingly humorous details that, for this reader, tickled every nostalgic bone in my body. It is one of those books that a reader can look at again and again and find new deta
Chance Lee
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-it
An absolutely beautifully illustrated picture book about Little Lobo and his dog, Bernabé, navigating a busy market. They see so many sites. The details feel endless.
Sofiya Pasternack
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This is truly Richard Scarry on the border! Every time you go through this book, there's a new little illustration tucked away that you didn't catch last time. My kids love the Spanish words peppered over the pages and all the great characters! Definitely a wonderful book for all ages! ...more
Zoe's Human
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lt
I love, absolutely love, the art style and concept of this, but it is simply too chaotic for me. The amount of information, in text and images, on a page feels overwhelming to the extent that I simply couldn't enjoy the beauty of the art or the story. ...more
Ms. B
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, 2019
3.75 stars, what a fun way to learn another language. Bilingual readers will love this picture book about a day at the market.
Alex  Baugh
Join Mexican American Little Lobo and his dog Benabé as they head off to the market. Interesting and informative, with lots of useful Spanish words and culture.
Ro Menendez
This is a book to read alone, to read together, to read in pairs, to read with someone who only speaks Spanish, or someone who only speaks English, the enjoyment and possibilities are endless and divine! Little Lobo runs a delivery service and we get to experience his day starting off with Lobo waking up to Kooky Dooky, the rooster's crow. From the very first page readers are invited to explore all of the intricate details of the Mexican town that Little Lobo calls home. The main plot follows Li ...more
Christina Carter
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Little Lobo and his dog Bernabé have many supplies to deliver to the people at the Mercado. He is thorough to check his list to make sure that he doesn't forget anything as he heads out for the day. His route bustles with the rhythm of the daily grind and brims with innovative businesses of all kinds. Along the way, Lobo and Bernabé catch a dance performance, stop for a sweet treat, and pick up the latest comic; taking in the sights and sounds of the community while making their deliveries with ...more
Beth Parmer
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book that kids are going to love reading again and again. I found myself poring over the detailed pages and can see kids doing the same thing. This book can be used in so many ways, but bottom line is kids are going to dig it.
Edward Sullivan
Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe experience the marketplace in this quite busy story full of lively fun that introduces many Spanish words.
Apr 17, 2019 added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Lively and fun and full of detail to go back to over and over again.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a great way to have students learn about the Spanish language and culture. No wonder this book received the 2020 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book due to its fantastic illustrations of the town as the lobo (wolf) and his dog travel throughout the day and talk to various people. This book offers a great introduction to the Spanish language to support bilingual education through short and simple phrases. Readers can use context clues and pictures to support their understanding of the ...more
Fred Slusher
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my new favorite picture book of all time. The illustrations are gorgeous and various characters and objects are presented in conjunction with their name(s) in Spanish. I love this book so much!
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market by Raúl the Third PICTURE BOOK Versify, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019 $15.00 9781328557261



Little Lobo has a very busy day planned. He and his dog Bernabé have lots of deliveries to make all over the Mercado, so they fill their wagon and head to market. Such a busy place! Shoe polish to Chiva's Zonkey, paintbrushes to the portrait studio with lots of stops inbetween - but the best delivery of all . . . a
Brenda Kahn
When my sons were small, they loved to pore over our many Richard Scarry books. We had an oversized one that was about 3 x 3' when opened and they laid on the floor and pointed and wondered. This gorgeous bilingual homage to life in a border town will inspire the same fascination. Let your Spanish teachers and ESL teachers know about this. Belongs in every school, public, classroom and home library! ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-dogs
Partly graphic novel-style--some pages are in panels, and other pages are single- or double-page spreads. The author/illustrator also illustrated Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, so the artwork looks similar to that book, but this one is in full color. ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, 3420, kaia
Brilliant! Pictures are used to teach non-native speakers English, but this one teaches non-native Spanish speakers Spanish! So much fun to spend time with each page finding the Spanish words and leaning them with the colorful visuals. Adore the Toro sub-plot, too; reminiscent of Where’s Waldo but way cooler. The art is a nod to comics, so wildly animated and vivid. Definitely a Caldecott and Pura Belpré contender. An absolute joy to read and read again!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Little Lobo and his dog, Bernabe, take us on a trip through the delights of the market (el mercado)---the dulceria, the yerberia, the placito, a comic book booth, a booth with handmade masks, a booth for jarros de barro, a piñata booth, a booth for plants, a painting booth, even a shop devoted to a famous wrestler. You will love visiting all these fun places, and you might learn a bit of Spanish/English along the way.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
¡Vamos!: Let's Go to the Market by Raúl the Third is a fantastic new bilingual book that will be coming out with the first batch from Versify press. Each page contains a wealth of information and pictures. My two kids were captivated when we read it. Look out for this one. It will be getting a lot of press. Full blog review to come closer to the pub date. :) ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to take in on each page! All the amazing details and creative drawings! A fun story with the vocabulary and busyness of a Richard Scarry book, but with more energy, creativity and Mexican culture!
Janelle Ortiz
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Introduces readers to Spanish words and Mexican-American culture. Detailed illustrations enhance the book- whoever likened it to Richard Scarry's "Busytown" is a genius. ...more
Heidi Kuipers
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Great illustrations, lots of Spanish (probably too much for this non Spanish speaker)
Kaethe Douglas
#7 in 365 Kids Books challenge and bid to get back on the Top 100 Readers list for full explanation see my review for 101 Amazing Facts about Australia

One day in and this begins to seem like a bad idea: there might not be enough time to read everything else! We'll see how it goes once I catch up to today, in three more books.

Raul the Third's art is distinctive and a little disconcerting. When animals take the place of people and have pets it feels creepy. Scarry also disconcerts me. Favorite mo
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
LOVED the pictures and the two languages. They are honestly perfect for the text and characters. The story is a little dull and it's definitely not a good choice for reading out loud to a group of kiddos because the pictures are too busy and the words don't flow for that format. ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Little Lobo and his pup Bernabé make important deliveries all over town and teach readers some Spanish along the way. Classic illustrations. Little Lobo might even get to meet his hero, El Toro!
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really interesting story about the day in the life of a delivery fox. The pictures are a story into themselves. There is a vocabulary page for Spanish in the back. The illustrations are very busy and interesting.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book is written in graphic novel style. Raul the Third includes many Spanish words in the text which would make this a great addition to a Spanish/English classroom. I appreciated the fact that there is a glossary at the back for some of the words. Many of the Spanish words are defined within the text or are labels for pictures but not all of them.
The illustrations have an Hispanic feel to them which is very appropriate for the text of the book.
I would not hesitate to add Vamos! Let
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mock-caldecott
I did like how the "much-needed supplies" ended up being necessary indeed. ...more
Cara Byrne
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful Mexican-American update of Scarry's Busytown books. There is so much to look at and the story is so sweet and playful. While the cartoonish style is not my favorite, I can't help but appreciate this book. ...more
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