Chico Canta, the youngest of 12, is a tiny, mischievous mouse who lives with his family in an old theater. They love to go upstairs to see the plays and echo the audience shouting, “Bravo, bravo!” as the curtain falls. Mrs. Canta speaks many languages and encourages her children to develop their own language skills. “Bilingual, bravo!” she is always telling them. One evening, after a wonderful performance of The Three Little Pigs, the mouse family narrowly escapes Little Gato-Gato. But, undaunted and inspired by the production, they decide to mount their own version of the play. On opening night, however, it is tiny Chico who is the star of the show when he spots Little Gato-Gato in the shadows and uses his own special gift for languages to avert disaster.

The story makes bilingualism equally appealing, offering the message of language education with subtlety and humor. This is a truly wonderful new picturebook.
— Bookbird – Journal of International Children’s Literature
This story is a celebration of diversity that invites audience participation and has great potential as a readers’ theater piece for the younger set. Recommended.
— Library Media Connection


A Diverse Summer Reading List for Kids
(National Public Radio)

Tejas Star Reading List 2015-2016
(Texas Library Association)

Featured Title – StoryWalk
(Patchogue-Medford Library – New York)

Junior Library Guild Selection - Spanish Edition

Stage Adaptation 2016
(Brave Little Company - Houston)

Luminarias Master List 2015-2016
(Dallas ISD)


Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! is available from Groundwood Books.