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Chato Goes Cruisin'
     

Chato Goes Cruisin'

by Gary Soto, Susan Guevara (Illustrator)
 

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!Chihuahua! what are two low-riding cats to do when they sign up for a cruise and end up on a ship full of dogs? Chato and Novio boy try to have fun, but they’re miserable watching endless games of bark at the Moon. plus, the dogs get sick from all their running around and excessive consumption of doggie treats. when the two cool cats go for help, they

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!Chihuahua! what are two low-riding cats to do when they sign up for a cruise and end up on a ship full of dogs? Chato and Novio boy try to have fun, but they’re miserable watching endless games of bark at the Moon. plus, the dogs get sick from all their running around and excessive consumption of doggie treats. when the two cool cats go for help, they see the cruise they were meant to be on—a catamaran full of cats—and they have to decide whether to join the fun or be cats of their word. with extra storytelling in comic strips on each page, this ocean adventure is sure to garner laughs.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW said of Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto, illus. by Susan Guevara, "Soto commands a poet's gift for defining characters quickly, densely and, in this case, with hilariously choice words; here he is paired with Guevara's wickedly funny, urban paints." In the third outing, Chato Goes Cruisin', the feline hero wins a cruise for two and takes Novio Boy along-only to discover that the other guests are dogs! Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-The creators of Chato's Kitchen (1995) and Chato and the Party Animals (2000, both Putnam) bring their cool cats back for another delightful adventure. Chato enters a contest and wins a trip for two on a cruise ship. When he and his friend Novio Boy arrive at the dock, they see that the vessel is filled with dogs, but decide to go anyway. The cruise is not all they had hoped it would be, with fuchi comida (stinky food) and silly games. Then the canines all get sick, and the cats set off in a lifeboat to get help. They sail past a catamaran filled with partying felines and are tempted to stop, but they gave their palabra (word) to the captain, so they continue on until a storm tosses them ashore on an island of vacationing veterinarians, and the dogs are finally saved. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the text and the "homecats" endear themselves to readers with charm and humor. The colorful acrylic and scratchboard paintings are filled with texture and motion. The expressions on the characters' faces are particularly funny. Inked comic strips play up the humor and add another dimension to the story. Admirers of the previous books will eat this one up, and the addition of cartoons may bring new fans to the table.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Cheech and Chong of the cat world are back. This time their adventures are chronicled in black-and-white comic strips as well as the familiar full-out color Guevara paintings. Chato and his homecat Novio Boy win a cruise from a box of cereal, but the cruise is full of dogs, so Chato and Novio Boy aren't thrilled with the food or the festivities. But when all the dogs get sick from overindulgence, it's the cats who bring help despite the temptation of a real cat cruise passed along the way. A glossary of Spanish words aids in the enjoyment of a just-silly-enough tale that still has sly lessons about being a friend, keeping your word and judging your fellows-even if they are dogs. (Picture book. 5-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142408100
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/10/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Chato’s Kitchen and Chato and the Party Animals. About Chato’s Kitchen, School Library Journal said, “Guevara’s striking illustrations enrich the text with delightful, witty details.” She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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