Say Something, Perico

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

P-p-p-paaak! Perico the parrot has something to say. But when he asks for agua, his new owner brings him to the opera. When he says he feels mal, another new owner takes him to the mall. Will he ever find someone who understands him?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.3
BISACS JUV011030, JUV002190, JUV043000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 570
ATOS Reading Level 2.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 144562
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Trudy Harris

Trudy Harris writes books that both educate and entertain. She has written a number of successful math concept books, including: Pattern Bugs, 20 Hungry Piggies, Jenny Found a Penny, The Clock Struck One, and Tally Cat Keeps Track. Trudy loves reading picture books to her grandchildren and to her students at Temple View Elementary in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Illustrator: Cecilia Rébora

Cecilia Rébora studied Illustration at the Jopes Serra I Abella school of arts aplicades in Barcelona, Spain. She worked for the interactive children's museum of Guadalajara for a year, and since 2001 she has been working as a freelance children's illustrator. Cecilia has published approximately 30 books in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Korea, and United States. She divides her time doing the two things she loves most in life—playing with her two babies, Mateo and Ines, and illustrating children's books!


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2012


Library Media Connection

“Using the story of Perico, Harris teaches readers how cruel people can be to those they don’t understand and what it means to be accepted, making this picture book a great choice for libraries and classroom read-alouds.” —Library Media Connection


“The text is well assisted by Rébora’s bright, wide-eyed illustrations, which bring out the humor and frustration of Perico’s search for a home.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“The upbeat ending and a personality-packed parrot will delight youngsters.” —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Rébora’s naïf paintings are bright, friendly, and relaxed, but there’s an undeniable sadness to the story, too, particularly when the adults call Perico ‘silly’ or ‘dumb’ for his inability to speak English, as well as scenes in which he practices English phrases by night in a darkened cage, trying to fit in. The ending, though, makes it clear that Perico’s not just bonito but inteligente, too.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“A welcome…tale of belonging and bilingualism.” —Kirkus Reviews