Reviews for Adventures of Marco Flamingo in the Jungle / Los aventuras de Marco Flamenco en la jungla

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
On his birthday, Marco Flamingo gets an invitation to visit his friend, E. E. Elephant. After a storm at sea (irrelevant to the plot), Marco arrives in the jungle and meets all the animals. And that's it. This barely passes for a story, in either English or Spanish. The illustrations just miss displaying enough character or charm to overcome the weak text. [Review covers these titles: The Adventures of Marco Flamingo in the Jungle and The Adventures of Marco Flamingo in the Jungle / Las aventuras de Marco Flamenco en la jungla.]

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

PreS-Gr 2--It's Marco Flamingo's birthday and Elephant gives him the best gift of all-an invitation to a jungle safari. Marco sets sail on his adventure but runs out of food and his boat capsizes; fortunately, he discovers that land is close enough for him to fly in safely. Many of the illustrations are laugh-out-loud funny. Marco plays ring toss with the giraffes, buries his head in the sand with an ostrich, and roars along with a lion, showing off his bird tongue and crooked beak. Although there are references to Marco Flamingo (2008), and Marco Flamingo Under the Sea (2009, both Raven Tree), this bilingual picture book works well as a stand-alone title. The Spanish text matches the English in tone and reading level. The short list of vocabulary words at the end of the book includes articles so that readers can tell whether the Spanish words are masculine or feminine.--Rebecca Hickman, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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