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Chato's Kitchen

by Gary Soto, Susan Guevara (Illustrator)

Series: Chato (1)

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To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.
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This book is about a sneaky cat who invites his neighbor mice over for dinner. The pictures on each page are full of details that add to the words on the pages. Children will delight in predicting what is going to happen when Chorizo the dog joins the cat and the mice for dinner. The book won the Pura Belpre award for illustrations.
  DaynaVH | Jul 21, 2021 |
Even when Chato thinks he's on the top of the heap, there's always someone to put him back in his place. Chato, an East L.A. cat, is quick to invite his new and perceivable tasty mice neighbors over for dinner, but when Papi mouse asks to bring his friend, Chorizo to dinner, the dining tables are flipped on Chato and his sidekick Novio Boy. Cats like mice, but cats don't like dogs. ( )
  AngelaFarley | Jul 1, 2021 |
This is a fun multilingual picture book for children. It has great illustrations and it also features different latin foods and vibrant images. ( )
  skerr19 | Mar 7, 2021 |
This book is about two cats named Chato and his friend Novio, who reside in a neighborhood filled with tasty mice. Chato the cat invites five mice over to his house for dinner and prepares the food all day with the help from Novio. The family of mice agree to come, but they inform Chato they will be bringing another guest to accompany them. Chato rejoices at the thought of having six mice in his house, but he quickly learns that the mice have a trick up their sleeve!

This bilingual book is a Pura Belpre Award winner and would be great to use as an example of predicting and to incorporate bilingualism into the classroom. The colorful pictures capture the reader's attention and the trickery within the story makes it memorable. ( )
  GloriaSidney | Mar 16, 2019 |
In this book is about two cats named Chato and his friend novio, who reside in a neighborhood filled with taste mices. One day Chato invites a group of mice for a friendly dinner (little did the mice know the cats wanted them for a delicious dinner of their own.) Chato and Novio prepare the dinner that include frijoles, arroz, guacamole, and the main dish a wait (mice in a tortilla). Papi the mice decide to invite his friend chorizo (who is a big furry dog) for the dinner. As they enter the cat’s home, chorizo smells the delicious food. The cats are terrified of the big furry dog and decide it’s not a good idea to eat the mice. Instead they all eat dinner and become friends. The book replaces multiple English words into Spanish. This is an excellent book to read to younger grade levels in bilingual classes. The author does a very good job in terms of emphasizing the cultural aspect. For example, the mice, dog, and cats all get along at the end of the story. The author chooses these kinds of animals to demonstrate that all individuals no matter their race ethnicity, can get along. ( )
  Salma.Mart | Nov 26, 2018 |
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To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.

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