Chato's Kitchen

Chato's Kitchen

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by Gary Soto, Susan Guevara
     
 

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Chato, the coolest cat in East L.A., has more than he can handle when the mice bring a surprise guest with them. First Recipient of the Pura Belpr? Award for Illustration.See more details below

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Chato, the coolest cat in East L.A., has more than he can handle when the mice bring a surprise guest with them. First Recipient of the Pura Belpr? Award for Illustration.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Soto (Too Many Tamales) commands a poet's gift for defining characters quickly, densely and, in this case, with hilariously choice words. Paired with Guevara's (The Boardwalk Princess) wickedly funny, urban paints, Soto's story of Chato, a cool, "low-riding cat'' of East Los Angeles, is a scream. Chato and his friend Novio Boy plan a dinner for (and, they hope, of) the new mice next door. But the mice bring a surprise guest named Chorizo (sausage), who turns out to be a truly low-riding dachshund. Foiled, the cats resign themselves to mouseless fajitas. It's a basic enough tale, but close to brilliant in its execution. Guevara's cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto's words glisten with wit: "We brought Chorizo,' Mami mouse called./ Sausage! Chato and Novio Boy danced, and with clean paws they gave each other a 'low-four.''' Salud to this magical pairing of talents.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Soto (Too Many Tamales) commands a poet's gift for defining characters quickly, densely and, in this case, with hilariously choice words. Paired with Guevara's (The Boardwalk Princess) wickedly funny, urban paints, Soto's story of Chato, a cool, ``low-riding cat'' of East Los Angeles, is a scream. Chato and his friend Novio Boy plan a dinner for (and, they hope, of) the new mice next door. But the mice bring a surprise guest named Chorizo (sausage), who turns out to be a truly low-riding dachshund. Foiled, the cats resign themselves to mouseless fajitas. It's a basic enough tale, but close to brilliant in its execution. Guevara's cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto's words glisten with wit: ``We brought Chorizo,' Mami mouse called./ Sausage! Chato and Novio Boy danced, and with clean paws they gave each other a `low-four.'" Salud to this magical pairing of talents. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Hazel Rochman
Chato thinks he's the cool cat of East Los Angeles, and when a family of small mice moves next door to him in the "barrio", invites them over for dinner--to be his dinner. With his flashy pal Novio Boy, Chato cooks a delicious spread to go with the tasty morsels of mice. But when his guests arrive with their friend from the old neighborhood, the tables are turned: Sausage turns out to be a long, low-riding, skinny dog, and it's the cats who quake in fear. Kids will get a lot of fun out of the sweet reversal and the comic storytelling. There's a glossary of Spanish words, but it's the characters and their talk that give the story its special flavor. Guevara's very bright illustrations extend the situation comedy with zany details of magic realism. These animal characters are very human: the mouse teenager talks on her mobile phone; Chato's friend mambos to his boom box. Best of all is the fun with scale, especially in a story where the small creatures win.
From the Publisher
"A really cool book. . . . Soto adeptly captures the flavor of life in el barrio in this amusing tale. Guevara's striking illustrations enrich the text with delightful, witty details." —School Library Journal starred review

"Fresh and satisfying. . . Distinctly seasoned with the sights and sounds of East Los Angeles; the sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases adds the perfect flavor." —Horn Book

Winner of the Pura Belpre Award for Illustration
An ALA Notable Book
A Parents' Choice Award Winner

"Wickedly funny. . . . Guevara's cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto's words glisten with wit. Salud to this magical pairing of talents." —Publishers Weekly starred review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780774278
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
28
Sales rank:
641,487
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
"Wickedly funny. . . . Guevara's cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto's words glisten with wit. Salud to this magical pairing of talents." —Publishers Weekly starred review

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