El Perro y El Gato (books!)

I mentioned before how much I love the children’s bilingual show “El Perro y El Gato” on HBO Latino. Well, the show has now been made into something else I love – books!

There are four so far in the series: La Granja (farm), La Nieve (snow), El Cumpleaños (birthday), and El doctor (doctor). I read all four books with my younger son last night and he was smiling the whole time. At one point he even asked to read them to me and I was so pleased to hear him pronounce most of the Spanish correctly without help.

The books are true to the show in that they are fully bilingual and easy to understand. The characters maintain the personalities we already know and love, and the images are brightly colored and funny.

I like that there isn’t a lot of text. With bilingual books, paragraphs of text can become tedious and boring. These books are short and simple, and in the back of each book is a pronunciation guide for those who are new to either English or Spanish.

When we finished reading the books, my son asked, “Do we get to keep these or are they from the library?” – When I told him we get to keep them, he was super feliz.

I have a feeling I know what we’re reading at bedtime again tonight.

Disclosure: The “El Perro y El Gato” series of books were provided for review and are available at HBO shop. All opinions are totally my own.

Posted on October 28, 2010, in books, Language, niños. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. This is awesome news. My son Gabriel loves El Perro y El Gato. I have some of the videos on my iPhone and when we watch them together, it is such a treat. We sometimes even pretend to be the characters (I play the dumb cat, always asking “Qué?” or “What?”).

    I’ll definitely get the books. Thanks for sharing.

    Rubén

    • @ Ruben – Haha! My son wouldn’t let me be the cat when we read the books. I wanted to do the pages that say “¿Qué?” in that silly deep voice – but he insisted that he get to do it.

      The whole series is on sale right now for a really fair price if you click that link there in the “Disclosure”. Have fun. I hope your son let’s you be el gato. LOL.

  2. Never seen the show, but I’ll definitely look into getting those books! Thanks for the review.

  3. Oh, thank you for sharing those books! My 4 year old girl has become increasingly interested in Spanish books. I know she’ll enjoy this series. Will check and see if my local library carries them. If not, they’re a perfect gift for the holidays!

  4. I have never seen the show but I will look at getting the books. My son Diego is in the 1st grade in a public school spanish immersion program so these will be a good addition to the class library.

  5. I started watching the show after you mentioned it and Julian loves it!! I’m going to have to get him those books ;)

  6. Que chulo! I love how little things please our kids.

    The books look great! Simple design and text.

  7. So cute, thanks for the Christmas idea!

  8. I loooove that show too! It’s good to know they have books, iI want them!!

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