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Chato and the Party Animals by Gary Soto

Chato and the Party Animals

by Gary Soto, Susan Guevara (Illustrator)

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I would use this book as a read-aloud for second grade. I would use it for second grade because the story is simple to follow, but has higher vocabulary than for younger grades. I would use this as a read-aloud because it teaches about diversity and friendship, also it's better for the students to hear the pronunciation of the language.
  ddevers01 | Mar 30, 2017 |
This book would serve as an interactive read aloud for a second-grade class. They would enjoy the fun casual language and colorful illustrations. As an interactive read aloud you could stop at each Spanish word and give meaning to it based on context clues. It would be difficult for them to read on their own so an interactive read aloud would be best.
  TimGordon | Mar 17, 2017 |
This is a very good book. The art work is fantastic and the story is very thoughtful. The animals have a lot of personality which makes the reading very fun. ( )
  SydnieM | Nov 7, 2016 |
Even though this book has words, the pictures steal the show and could stand on their own. Chato is a cool cat who lives in el barrio (the neighborhood) with all his alleycat friends. Chato’s friend, Novio Boy is sad because he is a pound kitty, he does not know his real family, and he has never had a birthday party. Chato and his friends throw Novio Boy a party and Novio finds his familia in his friends. The text mixes Spanish with English to introduce young readers to Spanish words. Susan Guevara’s illustrations are very bright and expressive and intensify the meaning of the text.
  AndreaSandbach | Oct 1, 2016 |
This was an interesting book from the start to the very last page. It is very cool how the book incorporates some Spanish words while still having the characters speak English. The book has dark colors in it the pictures aren't very bright. Some part of the pictures have brighter colors and this is where the element of value comes in. Value draws the eye to certain parts of the pictures. All of the pictures have this zigzag line going on that boarders the pictures on the pages. I don't know why the illustrator picked this but it works with the story. The rhythm of the book is very irregular, the pictures are kind of everywhere but it works because the cats in the story are irregular and they are all over the place. This book also needs the pictures to go with the text because it shows the reader what is going on. It gives clear examples of what the characters are feeling and doing. Especially when the cat that all of the other cats think went missing comes to the party. This picture is filled with emotions and it is very clear by looking at the picture. The pictures and the story go hand in hand and it is very important to have both that reflect each other. The readers can get a real good sense of what is going on in this book by looking at the pictures. ( )
  Emorrison | Aug 31, 2016 |
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Chato has been a party animal since he was a kitten. So when he discovers that his best friend Novio Boy has never had a birthday party (being from the pound, he never even knew his mami), this cool cat from the barrio decides it's time to change all that. He calls his friend Sharkie, a DJ.

"Homecat," Chato meowed. "You awake?"
"I am now, dude," Sharkie said.
"It's Novio Boy's birthday tomorrow," said Chato. "I want you to come and spin some oldies but goodies."
The party plans are set, the cake (with mouse-colored frosting and "a couple of canaries on top") ordered, and the piñata made. Looks like the most happening shindig in town is ready to go... except "Que tonto!" (How dumb!) Chato forgot to invite the guest of honor! Novio Boy's buddies search the alleys and warm car fenders to no avail, and soon are reminiscing about their dearly departed ("Kidnapped! Lost!") homecat, who, as it turns out, has a surprise in store for them all!

As in the award-winning Chato's Kitchen, Susan Guevara's modish paintings of these barrio beasts beg to be pored over, while Gary Soto's barrio-speak screams out to be read aloud. A brief glossary provides English meanings to the Spanish words scattered throughout. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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Chato decides to throw a "pachanga" for his friend Novio Boy, who has never had a birthday party, but when it is time to party, Novio Boy cannot be found.

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