Gazpacho for Nacho

Tracey Kyle

Book - 2014

Nacho eats only one thing, gazpacho, but a trip to the market with his mother might tempt him to try something new.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
Las Vegas, NV : Two Lions [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781477817278
1477817271
Main Author
Tracey Kyle (author)
Other Authors
Carolina Farías (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Poor Mami is at her wit's end with Nacho, who refuses to eat anything but gazpacho. Morning, noon, and night, he turns down pescado, helado, manchego, even leche and churros, and asks politely, "Is there any gazpacho?" Exhausted, Mami decides that Nacho must learn to cook his own soup, and off to the market they trot. Fresh legumbres, larger than life and bursting with color and flavor, dominate the pages of this charming bilingual tale of a picky eater turned chef. Like Nacho, young readers will be drawn to the elegant green pimientos and lush red tomates and all the delicious possibilities they hold. The text seamlessly blends Spanish and English into jaunty rhyme, and the vibrant chalk pastel illustrations reflect Nacho's sheer delight as he discovers his untapped talent. This makes grocery shopping and soup making look irresistible, and if it leaves readers hungry, there's a recipe for Yummy-in-the-Tummy Gazpacho at the end. Buen probecho! Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Kyle debuts with the story of a boy named Nacho with a one-track mind when it comes to food: he's only interested in zesty, tomatoey, and lyrically convenient gazpacho. "He didn't like meat or the smell of pescado./ He didn't like chicken or ice-cold helado," writes Kyle as Farias (When Christmas Feels Like Home) paints a forlorn Nacho turning away from a feast of sausages, ham, a foul-looking fish soup, and piles of ice cream. Nacho's protestations take up the sluggish first half of the book; eventually, his fed-up mother—who has been busy cooking up one unsuccessful meal after another—hits on an idea: teaching Nacho to cook his beloved gazpacho. A trip to the market, which Farías whimsically paints as a mountain of giant veggies, leads to a messy afternoon of cooking and new perspective for Nacho. While Kyle's rhymes can get a tad convoluted, Nacho's enthusiasm and the warmth of Farias's paintings should leave readers with a good taste in their mouths. A recipe is included, naturally, as is a glossary for the scattering of Spanish words that appear. Ages 6–up. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Kyle debuts with the story of a boy named Nacho with a one-track mind when it comes to food: he's only interested in zesty, tomatoey, and lyrically convenient gazpacho. "He didn't like meat or the smell of pescado./ He didn't like chicken or ice-cold helado," writes Kyle as Farias (When Christmas Feels Like Home) paints a forlorn Nacho turning away from a feast of sausages, ham, a foul-looking fish soup, and piles of ice cream. Nacho's protestations take up the sluggish first half of the book; eventually, his fed-up mother—who has been busy cooking up one unsuccessful meal after another—hits on an idea: teaching Nacho to cook his beloved gazpacho. A trip to the market, which Farías whimsically paints as a mountain of giant veggies, leads to a messy afternoon of cooking and new perspective for Nacho. While Kyle's rhymes can get a tad convoluted, Nacho's enthusiasm and the warmth of Farias's paintings should leave readers with a good taste in their mouths. A recipe is included, naturally, as is a glossary for the scattering of Spanish words that appear. Ages 6–up. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—This is the charming story of a picky eater who only wants one thing to eat—gazpacho. While most parents would be delighted if their children ate this Spanish vegetable-based soup, Nacho's mother desperately tries to offer him other dishes, including typical Spanish desserts, to no avail. In an attempt to get him to expand his culinary repertoire, his mother takes Nacho to the market; these illustrations will delight readers with large renditions of beautifully whimsical vegetables, such as vibrant green chiles and large plump tomates that will surely make an enticing and delicious soup. The text is integrated nicely on the spreads and easy to read. Though Latin inspired, this tale of a picky eater will resonate with many. It will make a fun read-aloud because of the rhyming text in addition to lending itself to interesting discussions about food, food avoidances, and trying new things. A recipe for gazpacho and a glossary of Spanish words with the language articles in parentheses are appended.—Maricela Leon-Barrera, San Francisco Public Library [Page 126]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Nacho eats only one thing, gazpacho, but a trip to the market with his mother might tempt him to try something new.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Nacho likes to eat only one thing—gazpacho! Gazpacho for breakfast, gazpacho for lunch, gazpacho for dinner, for snacks, and for brunch. Nacho won’t even try other dishes—until he discovers miles and piles of mouthwatering vegetables at the market. This lively rhyming story, sprinkled with Spanish, will delight little chefs. A recipe for Gazpacho and a Spanish glossary are included.