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Los Gatos Black on Halloween

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Los Gatos Black on Halloween definitely deserved the Pura Bulpre

    Los Gatos Black on Halloween definitely deserved the Pura Bulpre Award. The dark color scheme brings the story to life and gives it that Halloween edge. The way that they imerse the spanish words into the story is awesome. I love the fact that both english speaking children and spanish speaking children get the chance to read and understand the story. English speakers get that bonus of having the definitions of the spanish words at the end of the story. The story has a great flow to it and you don't even realize that you are reading a spanish word. The detail in the illustrations are so beautiful. It's almost as if you are really there. On Halloween night, black cats, witches, skeletons, ghosts, vampires, werewolves and corpses all come out and gather at the haunted mansion. There's dancing, socializing, music and they are just literally having a ball. In the midst of all this fun, there's a knock at the door. It's the one thing that they are truly afraid of, human children! Isn't that a weird twist. Who would have ever thought that these ghosts and goblins would actually be afraid of humans. That's why sometimes things aren't what they seem.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    My kids favorite Halloween book !!!!

    This book is a jewel... the text,the drawings, layout...
    It is even inspiring for a Halloween play !!!!

    We've had it for two years and even out of the Halloween season my daughters still want to read it !!

    My oldest of 8 memorized part of the text and used it to go and tell the neighbors instead of the classical "trick or treat" rhyme on Halloween eve!! They loved it!!!
    This book should be on the top list for Halloween!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    Recommended!

    This picture book has a wonderful rhyming storyline about the different monsters that come out on Halloween night including little ninos (children). "Los Gatos Black on Halloween" Author Marisa Montes incorporates Spanish words into the book not only for end rhyme purposes but also to introduce a second language to children. This book could be used for enhancement or for a familiarity basis. Montes adds in Spanish words and then follows them with the English word in the next sentence to help non-Spanish speaking readers understand the story. Not only does the book provide these sentences to help the reader but it also includes a glossary at the end of the book to facilitate pronunciation and meaning of the Spanish words.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Definately Gets You Into the Halloween Spirit!

    Oh my goodness, this book is absolutely great! I loved reading every page and pronouncing the spanish words. The spanish words are not hard to guess as to what they mean because there are context clues to help you understand them. There is also a glossary in the back of the book for you look up the spanish words if you cannot figure them out or need a reference. The story is about different kinds of monsters (i.e. witches, zombies, werewolves) who all make their way together into a mansion when someone knocks on the door. The trick or treating children are the ones knocking on the door and the monsters are scared of them! It was a cute little twist because children are supposed to afraid of monsters. Also, the illustrations are fantastic and although dark and somber in the spirt of Halloween, they sure do light up the text. One thing I did not expect was for it to be a rhyming book. I love rhyming books and this book would be great for a teacher or parent who is teaching their students ro children how to rhyme. All in all this book is great for children and adults of any age to get into that Halloween spirit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Review on Los Gatos Black on Halloween

    Montes, Marisa, Los Gatos Black on Halloween New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2006 Illus. by Yuyi Morales. ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-7429-1 In her latest award-winning book, Montes (Juan Bobo goes to Work) tells the rhyming story about Halloween that incorporates Spanish words with English. Each page describes the different creatures that come out of hiding to attend the monster ball. The vivid descriptions and rhyming words allow the reader to really dive into this book. The surprise ending offers a twist to the story that puts at ease children who might have been scared by this tale. It allows them to see that monsters really aren¿t that scary. The illustrations by Morales (Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book) are incredible and show her childhood in Mexico. In fact, they are the best part of the book. The rich colors and great attention to detail grab children¿s attention and give them a lot to look at. They add fun to the story and let the readers use their imagination as well. Though this story is great for older children, it is one to be careful about with the younger ones, as it might cause their imaginations to run a little too wild. But what is a Halloween book for if not to scare us! Trick or Treat? Definitely a treat. Mallory Texas Tech University

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