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Juan y el Chupacabras/ Juan and the Chupacabras
     

Juan y el Chupacabras/ Juan and the Chupacabras

by Carolina Villarroel (Translator), April Ward (Illustrator), Xavier Garza
 
"The beast had dark green skin and glowing red eyes that were the size of two baseballs," Abuelo tells his wide-eyed grandchildren. According to Abuelo, a creature called the Chupacabras lurks in the fields looking for fresh victims.

Young Juan and his cousin Luz savor Abuelo's hair-raising stories. He tells the children of defeating terrifying fiends like

Overview

"The beast had dark green skin and glowing red eyes that were the size of two baseballs," Abuelo tells his wide-eyed grandchildren. According to Abuelo, a creature called the Chupacabras lurks in the fields looking for fresh victims.

Young Juan and his cousin Luz savor Abuelo's hair-raising stories. He tells the children of defeating terrifying fiends like the Chupacabras and La Llorona. The children cling to every word as he describes his brave stand-off with the Chupacabras, a terrifying beast with wings, claws and sharp fangs.

But yet they wonder if there's more to his strange story than meets the eye. Plucky Luz hatches a plan to either disprove Abuelo's tale or hunt down the menacing monster and put an end to it once and for all. Armed with a bag of marbles dipped in holy water and a sling shot, the children venture into a cornfield one moonless night in search of the truth. Just like Chupacabras's thirst for blood and the children's appetite for Abuelo's stories, young readers aged 3-7 will devour the pages of this exciting picture book that transmits the storytelling traditions of the Mexican-American community from one generation to the next.

SELLING HANDLES:
· A suspenseful and entertaining bilingual picture book for children.
· Transmits the storytelling traditions of the Mexican-American community from one generation to the next.

Editorial Reviews

Cr�ticas on Lucha Libre
"...an attractive package with definite appeal for boys. This title is sure to become popular in both libraries and bookstores."
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Children's Literature - Traci Avalos
Juan and the Chupacabras is a fantastic children's story that blends culture and legend into a unique tale of its own. Told bilingually in English and Spanish, the story recounts a grandfather telling his young grandchildren Juan and Luz how he heroically fought off various Hispanic legends, specifically El Chupacabras (the "goat sucker" that drinks the blood of farm animals). Juan and Luz decide they want to be brave like their grandfather and they sneak off into the cornfield armed with a slingshot and marbles soaked in holy water. Although they end up finding something they do not expect, their childish curiosity never falters. Garza expertly uses two languages and bright, colorful illustrations to bring the legend to life in his own story. The legend of La Llorona is also briefly retold by the grandfather. This would be great in a Spanish classroom when studying the legend of El Chupacabras and would also work well with the Young Adult novel The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Reviewer: Traci Avalos
Kirkus Reviews
Their grandfather's tales of his encounters with Latin American terrors La Llorona (the ghostly Weeping Woman) and the Chupacabras inspire Juan and his almost fearless cousin Luz to sneak out late. Their hopes of confronting the Chupacabras, a somewhat vampiric creature illustrated here as a rather comical dragon with birdlike legs, seem to come true when they meet up with a shadowy upright figure that apparently has wings fluttering near its head. Luz goes on the attack with her "magic" marbles, which she has soaked in holy water, and slingshot. Unfortunately, her victim turns out to be Juan's father with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders, coming out to bring them back inside the house. Ward's illustrations reflect Garza's South Texas background, showing both cacti that flourish in semi-aridity and trees and fields of corn that benefit from irrigation. The expressions of La Llorona and the Chupacabras are both funny and scary, and the human characters are realistically drawn. Both Spanish and English texts flow smoothly, with enough action to keep younger readers involved. Another successful title for the author of Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask (2005). (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558854543
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
Spanish-English Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,358,021
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

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