El ABC de las telenovelas

Lil’ Libros. Aug. 2022. 40p. Board $13.99. ISBN 9781948066075.
Gr 1 Up–A cheeky tribute to telenovelas (Spanish soap operas). The Winters use the abecedarian format to celebrate iconic telenovela titles, characters, and actors. The programs featured ran from as early as 1970 to as recent as 2014, though most of the entries became staples in the 1990s and early aughts. The book lovingly pokes fun at telenovela tropes, like the spreads on “Galanes” (love interests) and “Villanes” (Villains). The vibrant art is just as lively, with punchy purples, striking teals, and bright pinks making a loud appearance. The palette recalls the decades most of the shows became popular. Even the endpapers hint at the time period—antennae television sets with limited dials are featured. More of a nostalgia piece than a traditional board book, this volume would be most appreciated by adults who want to introduce the young people in their lives to these cultural touchstones.
VERDICT Great fun; this volume is more for caregivers than little ones.

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