La familia de Federico Rico

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Federico Rico is a twelve year old boy from an immigrant family who lives in New York City. His mother is a cop and his father works as a doctor in a hospital. Federico has an older sister fond of chatting on the telephone and a baby brother that often does not smell too nice. And... Federico has a grandmother who loves hard rock and football and has a few other unexpected qualities besides. Federico has a lot of wishes. He wants a pet, for instance, and not a boring fish, no, he wants a venomous snake or a tarantula. Or maybe even a Chupacabra... 


  • 92 pages of text (lots of illustrations, little text)
  • written in present tense
  • cultural notes in English
  • contains a Spanish-English glossary
  • setting: New York

Is this book suitable for you? You can see some samples by clicking on the pages on the left-hand side. If you can read these fairly easily this book is the right one for you.

Information for teachers

Due to the many funny and clarifying illustrations and the easy to understand language this is a very accessible novel for beginners. Some words and phrases are translated at the bottom of the page and there is a Spanish-English glossary at the end. A comic easy reader, at about A-1 level. 

Apart from everyday events the book covers people, myths and cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries, like the day of the Dead, Tuesday the 13th, Picasso and Dali and more.

The book can be read individually, but it might also be nice to do one or more of the stories in class. There you could do several activities that would enhance comprehension and make reading even more enjoyable.

Classroom set 

If you would like to order a set of books for use in your class we can offer a discount of 10% for a minimum of 20 copies of the same title. Please order timely and by e-mail as our supplies are limited. Delivery of larger quantities will take two to three weeks.

Note: All the materials are copyright protected, which means that it is not permitted to make copies for use in the classroom.

Author: Craig Klein Dexemple
Year of publication: 2017
Number of pages: 96 (including glossary)
ISBN: 978099203857
Illustrated: by Iván Izquierdo and Karen Arévalo
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