Kid Cyclone Fights Devil and Other Stories/Kid Ciclon Se Enfrenta a el Diablo y Otras Historias

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Cousins Maya and Vincent are thrilled to be ring side at a lucha libre match. Kid Cyclone, the wrestling world's favorite hero who also happens to be the kids' beloved uncle, is facing off against a devil-masked opponent, El Diablo. "No masked devil can beat my uncle. Not even the real devil himself," declares Maya. But the real devil doesn't take kindly to such disrespect, and soon Kid Cyclone finds himself fighting the most hellish challenger of all! Popular kids' book author Xavier Garza returns with another ...

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Kid Cyclone Fights the Devil and Other Stories / Kid Ciclón se enfrenta a El Diablo

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Cousins Maya and Vincent are thrilled to be ring side at a lucha libre match. Kid Cyclone, the wrestling world's favorite hero who also happens to be the kids' beloved uncle, is facing off against a devil-masked opponent, El Diablo. "No masked devil can beat my uncle. Not even the real devil himself," declares Maya. But the real devil doesn't take kindly to such disrespect, and soon Kid Cyclone finds himself fighting the most hellish challenger of all! Popular kids' book author Xavier Garza returns with another collection of stories featuring spooky characters from Mexican-American folklore. There's a witch that takes the shape of a snake in order to poison and punish those who disregard her warnings; green-skinned, red-eyed creatures called Chupacabras that suck the blood from wild pigs, but would just as soon suck the blood from a human who has lost his way in the night; a young girl disfigured in a fire set by a scorned lover who gets her revenge as the Donkey Lady; and the Elmendorf Beast, said to have the head of a wolf with skin so thick it's impervious to shotgun blasts. Accompanied by the author's striking illustrations of the creepy creatures, the hair-raising stories in this bilingual collection for kids ages 8 - 12 are sure to lure even the most reluctant readers into its pages.

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Gr 6–10—A compendium of scary short stories featuring popular characters from Mexican folklore. Characters such as La Llorona and El Chupacabras are sure to give readers the chills. In "The Witch Owl," a witch wants to steal a baby from her 14-year-old sister to have as a meal. In another selection, Maya and Vincent, Kid Cyclone's niece and nephew, say that no one could defeat their uncle. The Devil himself takes the challenge and decides to fight Kid Cyclone. "The Saints" is one instance where Garza uses a common superstition among Latin elders. In this story a star football player gets injured and can't play anymore. His grandmother promises that he will feel better if he prays to the Saints every day. However he forgets his promise and faces bad consequences. These short stories can be helpful in a bilingual classroom where reluctant readers will learn new vocabulary. They could also be used as read-alouds to illustrate the constant struggle between good and evil characters. The black-and-white illustrations complement each story and add to its dramatic appeal. The Spanish translation is accurate and smooth.—Patricia Bashir, The Brentwood Library, TN
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Gr 5–8—Garza is mostly known for his picture books about lucha libre, or Mexican wrestling. The title story of this collection is about a lucha libre fighter, Kid Cyclone, who ends up wrestling with the devil. In "Llorona 911," a group of kids at a slumber party call the aforementioned phone number, and La Llorona. This would be the most ideal story to learn to tell aloud. Garza also creates stories with other mythical characters such as the Owl Witch, who torments a girl named Esperanza nightly, asking for her baby sister. Then there is the Elmendorf beast, which finds its match in a very strong and stubborn pig. There are also the "Winged Beasts of Elotes County," which you ignore at your own peril. There is an interesting tale of the U.S.-Mexican border in which a border patrol officer learns that the thing in the shadows is not an illegal alien, but the legendary Chupacabra itself. Some stories center on the idea of revenge, such as a woman known as "Donkey Lady" who turns the tables on her tormentor. The theme that runs through this collection is that of young people trying to prove, unsuccessfully, that old legends are not true. A great choice for any time a scary story is needed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558855991
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2010
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 801,143
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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