Nacho's Nachos book cover: drawing of middle-aged Hispanic man dressed in a suit, with his arms and palms open, behind a table with several plates of steaming Nachos.

Nacho’s Nachos

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NACHO’S NACHOS
The Story Behind the
World’s Favorite Snack
by
Sandra Nickel
Illustrated by
Oliver Dominguez
Genre: Picture Book / Nonfiction / Food History / Latinx Interest
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Publication Date: August 11, 2020
Number of Pages: 32
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SYNOPSIS

Nacho's Nachos book cover: drawing of middle-aged Hispanic man dressed in a suit, with his arms and palms open, behind a table with several plates of steaming Nachos.

NACHO’S NACHOS is the deliciously true story about how nachos were invented—about what happened when a regular customer asked Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya for something new, and there were no chefs in the kitchen.

2020 is the eightieth anniversary of the invention, and Oliver Dominguez’s illustrations transport us back to the border of the Rio Grande in 1940, when Nacho’s quick thinking resulted in a snack now eaten everywhere from Texas to Paris to Hong Kong!

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REVIEW

Clueless Gent’s Rating

5 star rating

Nacho’s Nachos is a short yet wonderfully informative story, with some of the best illustration I’ve seen. The book is clearly written for preteens, going down as young as kindergarteners. The given reading level is 8 to 12 years.

This is a story that I doubt a lot of adults are aware of. I learned a few things from it, and I consider myself just a wee bit smarter than I was before reading it. The vocabulary is appropriate for the grade level, and the pace is subtle enough that a parent could easily read this book to a child.

Physically, the book is amazing! The color scheme throughout the book, including the jacket and the illustrations, is modeled on the colors in the original dish of nachos – yellows and greens, with reds for good measure. Speaking of the illustrations, I’d be willing to wager that someone unaware of the story could get a gist of it just by looking at the illustrations.

For every set of facing pages, the illustration covers both pages, with the text being only on a portion of one of the pages. Thus, I think the illustrations could easily hold a young child’s attention while a parent read the text.

If you’re planning on reading this story to a child, I suggest you have the fixings available for a plate of nachos, because the child may be craving them before the story is done. I know I was. If you don’t know how to prepare the original nachos, don’t worry – the original recipe is included at the end of the book.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone with young children. Also, if you think that Nacho’s Nachos is just a play on words, you could learn a few things from this story, too!

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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About
the Author

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Sandra Nickel writes books and poetry for young readers. In 2020 and 2021, she has three books coming out: Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack (Lee & Low), The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe (Abrams), and Breaking Through the Clouds: The Sometimes Turbulent Life of Meteorologist Joanne Simpson (Abrams). Sandra’s poetry can be found in SCOOP magazine.

Sandra holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has presented workshops on writing for children and young adults throughout Europe and the United States. Sandra has twice won the Katherine Paterson Prize for picture books.

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