íAyayay! illus. by François Soutif. 30p. Picarona. Sept. 2016. Board $21.95. ISBN 9788416117741.
PreS-Gr 2—A spin on "The Three Little Pigs" comes to life in this wordless board book. A monster and his big bad wolf sidekick are bored and looking to cause some mayhem. When they hear the three little pigs and a friend playing cards in the house next door, they attempt to squeeze through the window. Terrified, the pigs make their escape—until they realize that the monster and the wolf are hilariously too big to fit through the tiny hole in the wall. The three little pigs and their human friend are safe for now, but readers will be prompted to talk about how the story really ends. Will the monster and the wolf escape, terrorizing the three little pigs after all? Expressive, cartoonish illustrations make this sturdy volume an ideal addition to any interactive early literacy collection. Because the title is wordless, readers can follow along with the retelling of the original stories or use their imaginations to craft a tale that's all their own. Bright yet simple color schemes will capture the attention of young readers and their caregivers.
VERDICT Although not ideal for read-alouds, these sturdily bound books will delight any early literacy librarian who is looking to add a quirky Spanish-language title while motivating the youngest readers to build narrative skills.

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