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, even better, a Chupacabra, a mythic monster from central America, a kind of beast that sucks the blood of goats. Although, that would be a really scary pet indeed. 

This book is filled with jokes and jests, both in the texts and in the illustrations. It also has many references to famous people, myths and cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world. And it is filled with quirky narratives of things important in the life of a boy like Federico.

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.

This book has cultural notes in English throughout and a Spanish-English glossary at the end.


Nicole de Boer "I enjoyed this book enormously. I almost forgot to get off at my busstop. The language is elementary, level A-1, there are a lot of illustrations and the plots are simple yet it is a highly amusing book. Many unexpected things happen and there are a lot of strange yet imaginable occurances. I believe it would be especially attractive  to pupils in the last year of primary school and the first year of secondary education, but also to others who have just started studying Spanish."


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: Yes
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