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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.

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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.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780774278
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
28
Sales rank:
712,913
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

Meet the Author

Born in Fresno, California to Mexican American parents, Gary Soto learned the hard work ethic through his share of chores, including mowing lawns, picking grapes, painting house numbers on street curbs, and washing cars. His hard work paid off at California State University at Fresno, from which he graduated with an English degree, and later at the University of California at Irvine, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Gary Soto is an acclaimed poet, essayist, and fiction writer. The awards for this multi-talented author are many, ranging from the U.S. Award for International Poetry Forum in 1977 for his first published book of poetry, The Elements of San Joaquin, to a Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award in 1985 for Living Up the Street, his first published work of prose recollections. His short story collection Baseball in April, was named an American Library Association's Best Book for Young Adults, and he received the Bura Belpre Award for Chato's Kitchen. IHe has also received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video for Pool Party, and was nominated for a National Book Award.

His other credits include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council. Gary Soto is also one of the youngest poets to appear in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Several of his books have been translated into French, Spanish and Italian.

Mr. Soto currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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Chato's Kitchen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KteachAP More than 1 year ago
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.
Christina-Burns87 More than 1 year ago
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.
victoria23VT More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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=)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.