Frank and the Giant/Sapi y el ­gigante

Treasure Bay. Jun. 2022. 44p. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781601150479. BL.
PreS-Gr 1–A cheerful frog called Frank is playing ball with his friends Mikey the mouse and Debbie the duck when the ball goes flying into the house of a giant. What a predicament! However, Frank is not one to be afraid, so he enters the house and finds a big surprise. This is bilingual early reader edition of Frank and the Giant by television screenwriter Ross. The lighthearted plot is built in a dual read-aloud framework where the caregiver reads the left-hand pages of the book, signaled by a blue dot, and the beginning reader reads the right-hand pages, signaled by a red star. This structure is highlighted with smaller font for the bilingual narrative read by the proficient reader and a bolded and larger font for the phrases with the red star. The mostly literal Spanish translation, set below the English text, flows well, emphasizing, like its English counterpart, a sense of suspense through the phrase “puedes adivinar?” (can you guess?) that takes the child to the bold text on each one of the right-hand pages. The colorful and eloquent artwork helps readers find clues to understand the narrative. This early reader could be used during preschool story time or a read-aloud activity at home.
VERDICT A delightful, early reader book that will bring some laughs and enjoyment to a read-aloud activity.

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