Chato's Kitchen

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Chato, the coolest cat in East L.A., couldn't be happier when a family of mice move into the barrio. When Chato gets out the pots and pans to prepare a feast in honor of their new neighbors, he gets more than he can handle with the surprise guest the mice bring along. An ALA Notable Book. Full color.

To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good ...

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Overview

Chato, the coolest cat in East L.A., couldn't be happier when a family of mice move into the barrio. When Chato gets out the pots and pans to prepare a feast in honor of their new neighbors, he gets more than he can handle with the surprise guest the mice bring along. An ALA Notable Book. Full color.

To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698116009
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 197,702
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    This is a wonderful read. It is a cute story. I would recommend

    This is a wonderful read. It is a cute story. I would recommend this for elementary students who are in kinder to second grade. This is a great book to introduce spanish words to students who do not speak spanish and wonderful for those who are Bilingual.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

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    Bilingual Teacher...must read

    This book was about a "low riding cat" Chato, who wants to have dinner guest over for dinner. Chato sees the new neighbors a family of mice are moving in next door so he devises a plan to get them to come over to be, for dinner. Well the mice are caution, but still accept and want to bring a guest (a friend of the family) with them. Chato is happy to hear that he is going to have more than five mice for dinner, well when the big party happens, Chato is in for a surprise.

    This book is great for children, I would recommend this for elementary students and the teacher/parent can talk about the Spanish words in the story.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Great For the Whole Family!!!!!!

    The illustrations in Chato's Kitchen are wonderful. The bright colors used in the book shows the importance of the use of color is to the Mexican culture. There are also hidden messages of the struggles that many Mexican immigrants face coming to the United States. The reactions of the animals show just what their feelings are to the situations they are enduing. The illustrations also work in harmony with the text. While the text tells the reader what is happening, the illustrations give the reader a greater understanding to what the characters are feeling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    great for little kids

    i bought this book when i was just in the 3rd grade of ps 101 and at fist i hated reading when i was a kid and than i bought the book and i started to read a few pages and when i read it was so funny and plus the art wwork is amasing like i said i founf this book in 1997 so it never goes out of date and in my opinion children of all ages will like this book parents if you want your kids to read you found the right book=)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2004

    Cheers for Chato!

    Accolades for this hilarious picture book! My high school ESL students feasted on this story with its spicy plot and Spanish words sprinkled throughout the text. This narrative literally won the hearts of my Hispanic students. My classroom was filled with roaring laughter and a big round of applause at the end of the story. Truly, this is a must read book for teachers of any grade level searching for quality multi-literature books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    Read it, love it !!!

    This book is about a low-riding cat named Chato. He is the coolest in the barrio, well after his good friend Novio boy. One day Chato notices a family of tasty, I mean lovely, mice moving in the house next door and decides to invite them to have them for dinner, I mean for dinner, to welcome them to the neighborhood. He prepares the most delicious dinner to go along with the main dish, the mice. What he doesn't know is that the mice family is planning to bring along an old friend from their old neighborhood. Read the book to find out how Chato's plans are changed once he sees who the friend is.

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