Pacho NachoMama and Papa could not agree on a name for their first baby, and everyone in the family had an opinion. That's how the name Pacho-Nacho-Nico-Tico-Melo-Felo-Kiko-Rico came to be, and Pacho's parents insisted that everyone use his full name. But when Pacho finds himself in trouble, his younger brother, Juan, must quickly find help, which isn't easy when you have to keep saying Pacho-Nacho-Nico-Tico-Melo-Felo-Kiko-Rico. Author Silvia Lopez highlights family values, community connections, and brotherly love in this interactive, energetic, and silly picture book. Pacho Nacho is based on an old Japanese folktale and includes Spanish words and phrases and multicultural settings.
When I was a kid, the book Tikki-Tikki-Tembo was one of my favorites. I listened to it constantly at the audiobook station and dogeared the pages of the book as I read it a hundred times. When I started teaching, it had to become a part of my personal library to share with the kids. Now this new version of the classic Asian tale is another must-read that needs to go into my collection.
When their first son is born, the parents cannot agree on what to name him. They ask their family for suggestions, and still no one can agree. So to make everyone happy, he ends up with a crazy long name, starting with the parents' choices of Pacho Nacho.
Because everyone is so proud of having their part of the name included, everyone insists that everyone call the lad by all eight parts of his name at all times.
Oh, and the next kid is simply named Juan.
And of course, boys will be boys, running around and exploring, and eventually the elder son gets himself into trouble. Juan goes running for help, trying to save time by simply calling his brother Pacho Nacho. All of the adults waste time by making him use his full name. But of course, he is eventually saved.
I loved this story. Even better than just reading it is reading it out loud. It's so much fun as all of the Spanish words that are sprinkled throughout roll off of the tongue. It's a great way to introduce some Spanish vocabulary words. And did I mention just how much fun it is to read this one out loud?
I also love the illustrations. They are bright and happy, with so much emotion and feeling in them. The boys' fun is contagious and you feel all of the other emotions along the way.
Included at the end is a glossary as well as an author's note that gives the history of the story over generations.
Thank you to Capstone and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.