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Los Gatos Black on Halloween

by Marisa Montes

Other authors: Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)

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“Los esqueletos rattle bones/the skeletons with creaks and groans/Delight the night in moonbeams dance--/an awkard bow, a clattering prancel” Each double page of this book contains at least one Spanish word for a familiar Halloween sight. Fantasmas, los gatos, and las calabazas are painted by Morales with soft, dark textures. Her illustrations sweep off the page, implying the creatures of Halloween have work to do. But the reader finds out at the end of the book, there is something that scares even las brujas and la momia.
I am not sure I have ever seen two stickers for the same award on a book before. Morale’s illustrations create Halloween any time of year—her colors remain warm and subdued while the rhyming text becomes more suspenseful. By the end, the reader is ready to see what is lurking behind the door so that “each creature gasps.” If it were permissible to read a Halloween story, this would be a good one for young children to keep them on the edge of their seats—it might even be a bit scary for some. This book could be used with older children to teach literary devices such as sound imagery, rhyme and alliteration. An art class could use this book to show use of space, color symbolism, and movement.
  StacyWright | Jul 5, 2017 |
Summary – This book tells the story of a Halloween party that is being thrown in both Spanish and English. Monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall and everyone is invited. In the form of a rhythmic poem, the author tells about how all the monsters are getting ready for the party.

Personal Response – I thought this book was super fun to read and a great book to read any time of year, not just at Halloween. The Spanish words are simple enough for people who don’t know any Spanish to pronounce and understand using the context and pictures. The illustrations are fun and colorful and fit the story perfectly.

Curricular Connections – This book could be used as a Spanish practice book with any level student. The words are simple enough for everyone to understand and learn. It would be helpful to have a teacher or someone who speaks Spanish available to help with pronunciation. ( )
  Lindsey33SMS | Mar 22, 2017 |
This book has awesome Spanish words to add to one's vocabulary. They all have to do with Halloween, which would make this book a fun way to celebrate this holiday with students. The illustration is spooktactular, but some of the images could be too scary for very young children. There is a glossary at the the end which defines each Spanish word used, if not understood in context.
  AshleyTimonen | Feb 19, 2017 |
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  chelseagarland | Nov 29, 2016 |
I liked this book for three reasons. First, the book incorporated English and Spanish very effectively. The author does include a glossary in the back of the book, however, there is a pattern to her writing that allows you to figure out the Spanish words on your own. For example, "Las brujas guide their broomsticks high, the witches on escobas fly." "Las brujas" is the Spanish word for witches and "escobas" is the Spanish word for broomsticks. The first line is reworded so the definition for "las brujas" is given in the next line and vice versa for "escobas." Second, the style of the illustrations fit the written text. The illustrations and text work hand in hand, giving the readers additional context clues as to what the Spanish words mean. On the page where they are talking about "los esqueletos," or skeletons, the illustration shows skeletons dancing. Lastly, the book pushes the reader to think about tough issues. The book introduces multiple "spooky" characters that are associated with Halloween. At the end, all of the monsters are gathered to have a party when all of a sudden children come knocking on the door to "trick or treat." The monsters run away because they are scared of the children. This allows the reader to think about commonalities among people. Just because the monsters looked weird or scary, didn't mean that they weren't scared of things too. This leads to the big idea of the story, which is people are more alike than you think and don't judge others based on their looks. ( )
  hollyjones | Sep 6, 2016 |
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Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party
Under October’s luna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren’t even there yet!

This lively bilingual Halloween poem introduces young readers to a spooky array of Spanish words that will open their ojos to the chilling delights of the season.
Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration and a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative.

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Easy to read, rhyming text about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos whose monstrous ball is interrupted by a true horror.

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