cover image I’m Hungry! / ¡Tengo hambre!

I’m Hungry! / ¡Tengo hambre!

Angela Dominguez. Holt, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-250-77996-0

“What’s wrong?” a squat bluebird asks a sharp-toothed orange dinosaur near the start of Dominguez’s gently comic bilingual picture book. “¡Tengo hambre!” the dino replies. “Oh, you’re hungry,” interprets the bird, before going on to list food options in English, including banana, fish, salad, bread and butter, ice cream, and pizza. Each time, the picky reptile repeats the suggestion in Spanish before declining (“¿Pescado? No, gracias”), quietly occupying itself in the background. When the increasingly frantic fowl finally tears off its chef hat in frustration, the dino reveals an avian dietary preference. Luckily, the quick-thinking bird hasn’t yet exhausted snack possibilities, leading to a conclusion that sees both characters satisfied. Set against a plain white background, simply styled, expressive art supports the pair’s polyglot exchange, making for a read that subtly grows reader vocabulary across both languages. Ages 2–4. (Jan.)