Los monos se van de viaje

illus. by Francesco Zito. 40p. Picarona. Feb. 2017. Tr $9.95. ISBN 9788416648757.
K-Gr 2—In this reissued Spanish-language picture book, three monkeys living at a zoo decide to take a trip. At first, they are impressed by the sights—a lion, seals, and a giraffe in their respective living quarters. But as they tour the area more, they are bored by what they see—the same lion, seals, and giraffe in the same living quarters—and feel that taking a trip is no longer worth it. The final spread reiterates that the monkeys are living in the same zoo as the other animals and that their trip is limited to their own cage, which appears to be a statement against zoos. The books boasts charming illustrations and accessible Spanish text, with short sentences perfect for native speakers learning to read and children learning Spanish as a second language. Unfortunately, the abrupt, didactic ending may leave readers scratching their heads.
VERDICT A secondary purchase.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing