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Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book (edition 2008)

by Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)

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Title:Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book
Authors:Yuyi Morales
Other authors:Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
Info:Roaring Brook Press (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:make believe, presents, party, abc, Spanish alphabet, Hispanic

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Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book by Yuyi Morales

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Señor Calavera in the Pura Belpré award winning book "Just In Case" is preparing himself to go to Grandma Beetle's birthday party. As he leaves his house, he is stopped by Zelmiro the Ghost, who reminds him that he has forgotten to get a present for Grandma Beetle. Señor Calavera then starts looking for presents alongside Zelmiro by going through the alphabet and naming off presents one by one. They say the gift's name in Spanish and define it in English, going from A to Z. With each item they name, they are directly interacting with it and teaching the reader Spanish words with beautiful illustrations. As Señor Calavera is gathering all of these gifts, he decides to stop at the letter "y", but then he ends up ruining all of the gifts he had been collecting. He then decides to bring the gift Grandma Beetle loved the most: Zelmiro. Everyone's reaction at the party, including Grandma Beetle's, shows how meaningful this is for them.
Overall, this book is great for introducing readers to a new language. With how it incorporates Spanish and English words equally, it helps guide the reader to understand the meaning of certain words. Along with the words, the illustrations are amazing. When Señor Calavera meets Zelmiro, the background color and Zelmiro start at a bright red and flow through the colors of the rainbow with each passing page. With this happening, it brings out the line work and details of the gifts and truly display the main focal points of each page perfectly. This choice of coloring also invokes emotions. When Señor Calavera ruins his gifts for Grandma Beetle, the background color and Zelmiro are blue, showing sadness for the situation at hand. When Zelmiro is brought to the party by Señor Calavera, the background is bright orange with Zelmiro looking like his human self again while wearing a bright pink shirt, expressing happiness and love. Overall, this book is beautifully written and illustrated. The educational story and mesmerizing images flow from one page to the next, making it a visually stimulating experience that I recommend to all students to read and to teachers to introduce in their classrooms. ( )
  goreyes | Aug 31, 2016 |
I liked this book for three reasons. First, the illustrations were beautiful and colorful. The colors are bright and they keep the eyes wanting more, they contribute great to the story and can help with comprehension. Second, there is repetition in the story that makes it welcoming to read. You are always looking forward to what Grandpa Zelmiro may say and what Señor Calavera will find next, just in case... Finally, there are Spanish and English words throughout the story. There is the whole Spanish alphabet along with a word for each letter. This makes it a fun read where you can learn a few new words of a different language without hardly noticing it. I think the main idea of this story is that materialistic things do not matter when you have all your loved ones. ( )
  cawalt2 | Mar 21, 2016 |
Senor Calavera is preparing to attend his friend, Grandma Beetle's birthday party. He is so excited and would never think of missing this party for any reason but his plans are changed when he meets someone along the way. Zelmiro the Ghost stops Senor Calavera and reminds him that he has forgotten a present for Grandma. They then spend time going through the alphabet getting gifts for Grandma so that it can be the best gifts ever. After spending alot of time with Zelmiro, Senor Calavera realizes how late he is and has to get going. As he continues to travel, he loses control of his bicycle and loses all of the presents. He knows how much they would have meant and is trying to find another present to match the others. He finally arrives at the party, but this time with a gift that is truly the best and biggest surprise. A present that she loved the most.

The illustrations in this book are out of this world! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to turn the page and see new pictures. I thought that these brought the book to a whole different level. The mixture of languages was a great touch as well. We are able to learn words and phrases from Spanish speakers while still getting to know what the words mean in English. I really liked this book and the story behind it. ( )
  mlanford3 | Mar 5, 2016 |
A Spanish alphabet book with great illustrations and even better text (most of which is actually in English, so it's really better for English-speakers than Spanish-speakers). Love the story. ( )
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
The book "Just in Case" is filled with beautiful pictures and a great lesson for kids. Senor Calavera is excited to go to his grandmother's birthday party but he forgot something! A present. The entirety of this book is him and a friendly ghost searching for the best present possible for grandma. Through out the book Senor Calavera picks out different items that he thinks could be a good present. What is cool about the book is every object he picks out he says the Spanish word for it. Eventually Calavera realizes the best gift that his grandmother could receive was his presence.
Yuyi Morales did a wonderful job with the illustrations. There are many images that represent the Spanish heritage and culture which I really think gives the book much of its personality. The colors in the book are so animated and stimulating. Morales did such a great job depicting the ghost, he did not miss a single detail when portraying him. I love that the ghost is shear, being that these are cartoon painting, having an element like that gives the book a more realistic appearance. In this book the contrast of colors puts great emphasis on the focal points of the page. Out of all the books I have read, these illustrations were the most unique when it came to characters, color, value. ( )
  Jmreed1 | Jan 27, 2016 |
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As Senor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle's birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.

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