Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! (Hardcover)

By Pat Mora, Libby Martinez, Amelia Lau Carling (Illustrator)

Groundwood Books, 9781554983438, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 25, 2014



Chico Canta, the youngest of 12, is a tiny, mischievous, fearless mouse who lives with his family in an old theater. They love to go upstairs to see the plays and echo the audience shouting, Bravo, bravo as the curtain falls. Mrs. Canta speaks many languages not only English, Spanish, and Italian, but Spider, Cricket, and Moth as well. And she encourages her children to develop their own language skills. Bilingual, bravo she is always telling them. One evening, after a wonderful performance of The Three Little Pigs, the mouse family narrowly escapes Little Gato-Gato. But, undaunted and inspired by the production, they decide to mount their own version of the play. On opening night, however, it is tiny Chico who is the star of the show when he spots Little Gato-Gato in the shadows and uses his own special gift for languages to avert disaster.

About the Author

Pat Mora is an award-winning author, the founder of Dia (El dia de los ninos, El dia de los libros / Children s Day, Book Day), and an honorary member of the American Library Association. Her most recent book, Abuelos, illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling, won the International Latino Book Award for Best English Picture Book, a Library Media Connection Editor s Choice Award, and it was named a Criticas Magazine Best Children s Book. She's also the author of The Race of Toad and Deer (La carrera del sapo y el venado) and The Night the Moon Fell (La noche que se cayo la luna). She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Libby Martinez writes children s books and poetry. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Stanford Law School. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Amelia Lau Carling is an accomplished author, illustrator, and graphic designer. She lives in Westchester County, NY."