Title: Hola Jalapeno
Author/Illustrator: Amy Wilson Sanger
Reviewer: Whitney Moss [whitneyandryan.com]
This short board book is part of a series, all with a similar theme - ethnic food, and a similar format - cut paper artwork. Hola Jalapeno is the best one, however."Hola Jalapeno is the best one, however." Looks like we'll have to have an Amy Wilson Sanger Smackdown; Her First Book Of Sushi has warped all the fragile little minds around our house.
The rhythmic text is fun to read aloud. I even recite it from memory
while driving to entertain my little screamer. The artwork is less than amazing, but each collage is made of familiar materials, so I stay engaged as I read by looking at the various textures used to make the collages. I also like to say the words with an exaggerated spanish accent. And now, every time I see one of the foods mentioned in the book, I am reminded of the upbeat prose. "Senorita Quesadilla, cheese is melting out your end!"