Chato's Kitchen

Chato's Kitchen


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Chato can't believe his luck. Not only is he the coolest low-riding cat in East L.A., but his brand-new neighbors are the plumpest, juciest, tastiest-looking family of mice to move into the barrio in a long time. So Chato and his best friend, Novio Boy, get out the pots and pans, the tortillas and the beans—everything you'd need for a welcoming feast, except for the main dish, and the guests of honor. Of course, in Chato's mind they are one and the same thing.

But the mice are bringing a surprise guest of their own, who may be more than a cool cat can swallow.

Also available in Spanish as Chato y su cena

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698116009
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/22/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 157,414
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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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"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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Chato's Kitchen 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ambourg7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The wide variety of colors used was the first thing that caught my eye. Each and every object from the largest to the smallest all has very detailing features. Every character in the story eyes seems to stay focused on another character. This shows that the characters are afraid to take their eyes off something they either want or are afraid of. The emotion of the different characters facial expressions is stated clearly.
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.