El Perro Con Sombrero Book Review

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From the Cover of El Perro Con Sombrero by Derek Taylor Kent:

Meet Pepe. Before he got a sombrero, he was a lonely dog living in the streets. Now he is a movie star, loved by everyone! Well, everyone except… El gato in zapatos! El gato is one sneaky, jealous kitty. Watch out, Pepe!

What Our Family Thought:

How did our family rate this book?

  • 8 year old: 10 out of 10
  • 12 year old: 10 out of 10
  • 15 year old: 8 out of 10
  • 17 year old: “Past 10” “Google”
  • Parents and grandma: 10 out of 10

Wow! Those are some great marks. I think this has become a new family favorite and one we just may be buying for our shelves after we return it to the library. Words the kids used to describe the illustrations were cute, adorable, bright, colorful, realistic, shade, texture, and cartoon-like, so I think they were a win along with the entertaining, funny story line. The kids also enjoyed the fact that adoption and the importance of family were involved. They said that kids learn from this book that “you may like being rich and famous at first, but if you don’t have anyone to hug or love you, it’s not worth it.”

Finally, our children loved the fact that it is a bilingual book with both English and Spanish versions of each sentence. They enjoyed hearing it read to them in Spanish.

While the target audience is preschool and elementary, this book can be enjoyed by the entire family. Our family strongly recommends you check out El Perro Con Sombrero.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. What would you do if you had a lot of money?
  2. Which would you like to do: be an actor, singer, or sports star?
  3. How did Pepe feel at the beginning of the story?
  4. Why did Pepe want a family?
  5. How did El Gato feel about Pepe?
  6. Why did Pepe stay with the family instead of going back to his rich lifestyle?
  7. Would you have made the same decision as Pepe and El Gato? Why or why not?

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