El torneo de trabalenguas / The Tongue Twister Tournament


A fun bilingual picture book featuring tongue twisters in English and Spanish.

by Nicolás Kanellos
Illustrations by Anne Vega

ISBN: 978-1-55885-832-9
Publication Date: October 31, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
Imprint: Piñata Books
Ages: 5-10

Look Inside


“Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, doggies, kitties and mousies: Welcome to the grand Tongue Twister Tournament!” And so begins this championship in which the best tongue torturer will win the tongue twister trophy.

The competitors include a variety of quirky characters, including Lengua de Lagarto, or Lizard Tongue, whose tongue is tied “just so.” There’s Grumpy Granny, who raps about a raggedy cat, and El Chupacabras, who loves to eat critters, “even insects are for me / cows and cats and doggies too / chupa chupa chupa cabras, BOO!”

Many of the tongue twisters included in this picture book will be familiar to Spanish-speaking children—and their parents too! But the book also includes tried-and-true tongue twisters familiar to English speakers, like “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” With colorful illustrations depicting the unique contestants, this bilingual collection of phrases that are difficult to say quickly will challenge children to excel in both English and Spanish.

Click here to listen to an interview with Nicolás Kanellos about his children’s book, El torneo de trabalenguas / The Tongue Twister Tournament.