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Children’s Book Review: Los Gatos Black on Halloween (Pura Belpre Award 2008)

  

Montes, Marisa. Los Gatos Black on Halloween. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, 2006. 32 pages.  ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-7429-1

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What’s the story?

This book explores the wondrous things happen on Halloween night, including a party at the Haunted Hall.

Review

This Pura Belpre Honor Book winner of 2008 is the captivating story of both real and imaginary creatures that are associated with Halloween. It’s not surprising that artist Yuyi Morales is a multiple award winner. The illustrations are stunning, lush with details in deep dark colors, and are both scary and whimsical. Each two page illustration depicts Halloween night creatures, including black cats, werewolves, well-dressed skeletons, and witches of all shapes and sizes as they head for a ball being held at a haunted mansion. The illustrations are the main point of reading this book, so be prepared to stop for a few minutes on every page. The story is wittily told, and what makes it additionally intriguing is that there’s a Spanish word or two in every sentence. There’s a glossary of Spanish words at the back of the book because the Spanish words are not translated in the text of the story.

Other Awards and Recognition
American Library Association Notable Books for Children 2008

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