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Chato Goes Cruisin' (New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards)) (Spanish and English Edition) (Spanish) Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 19, 2005

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Starred Review. Grade 1-4–The creators of Chato's Kitchen (1995) and Chato and the Party Animals (2000, both Putnam) bring their cool cats back for another delightful adventure. Chato enters a contest and wins a trip for two on a cruise ship. When he and his friend Novio Boy arrive at the dock, they see that the vessel is filled with dogs, but decide to go anyway. The cruise is not all they had hoped it would be, with fuchi comida (stinky food) and silly games. Then the canines all get sick, and the cats set off in a lifeboat to get help. They sail past a catamaran filled with partying felines and are tempted to stop, but they gave their palabra (word) to the captain, so they continue on until a storm tosses them ashore on an island of vacationing veterinarians, and the dogs are finally saved. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the text and the "homecats" endear themselves to readers with charm and humor. The colorful acrylic and scratchboard paintings are filled with texture and motion. The expressions on the characters' faces are particularly funny. Inked comic strips play up the humor and add another dimension to the story. Admirers of the previous books will eat this one up, and the addition of cartoons may bring new fans to the table.– Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR
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PreS-Gr. 2. Chato, cool cat of East L.A., trades the barrio for the high seas in his latest adventure. After winning a sweepstakes cruise for two, Chato invites his best friend, Novio Boy, along. The two "home cats" find themselves the only felines on a dog-oriented cruise, and the partying canines keep the cats up all night. Then all the pooches become ill, the radio breaks, and the captain sends Chato and Novio Boy out in a small boat to find help. After discovering a cats-only cruise, they find an island of vacationing vets, who return to the ship and bring everyone back to health. This book isn't as strong as the previous Chato stories; the fantastical rescue mission is particularly flimsy. Still, Chato and Novio Boy are charming characters, and children will enjoy the action and the cat-oriented plays on words. Most noteworthy are Guevara's brilliantly colored paintings, as winsome as ever, and the humorous black-and-white comic-strip insets that extend the fun. An appended glossary defines the many Spanish phrases. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Series: New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 19, 2005)
  • Language: Spanish, English
  • ISBN-10: 039923974X
  • ASIN: B0043RTA8O
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,201,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. In 1993 Gary Soto received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video for Pool Party, and in 1995 he 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.Too Many Tamales was named a Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choices of 1993. Hazel Rochman of Booklist said, "Gary Soto is an accomplished poet and adult writer, and his children's stories are widely popular. His first entry into the picture book genre is a joyful success."When he is not writing, Mr. Soto serves as a volunteer English teacher at his church. He also enjoys eating at new restaurants, which he does often with his wife, Carolyn, and their daughter Mariko. Other members of the Soto household include their two cats, Corky and Sharkie. The Soto family resides in Berkeley, California.

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Format: Hardcover
Some picture book series get progressively less inspired as time goes on. Ian Falconer's, "Olivia" books do this. Ditto "Babar". It's just a common occurrence that people kind of come to expect. You would think that an author like Gary Soto would have used up all his creativity and ideas in the "Chato" series with "Chato's Kitchen" and "Chato and the Party Animals". In much the same way, Susan Guevara's illustrations should, logic dictates, become less entrancing and pleasant to the eye as she brings Chato's world to brilliant life. Yet here I am staring at "Chato Goes Cruisin'" and I can't for the life of me figure out how Soto and Guevara managed to come up with yet another remarkably fresh escapade in the lives of my favorite barrio boys, Chato and Novio Boy. I can't figure it out, but somehow it happened. We should be this lucky with every series.

There are distinct advantages that come with eating your cereal every morning. In Chato's case, the advantage is that he now has a chance to enter and win a free cruise for himself and a friend. He enters, wins, and before you know it he and his best friend Novio Boy are off for a vacation of pure relaxation. In theory. The truth of the matter is, when they get to the docks they find a cruise ship occupied entirely by dogs. Well behaved party dogs but dogs just the same. There are dog snacks, dog games, dog videos in the library, and a heckuva lot of howling at the moon. Soon enough, however, the dogs become ill and it's up to our intrepid duo to save the day. But when their rescue boat meets up with the REAL cat cruise, will they keep their promise to the canines or join a far more alluring ride?

Once again, Soto gives this book just the right mix of Spanish terms sprinkled alongside English ones.
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Hard to compete with such a terrific review, but I must add my own HUZZAHs.

I love the artwork. I love the interspersed black and white comic strips that add to the exposition.

I love the spanish slang scattered throughout: after but a few readings, my 3 year old now says, "FUU-CHI!" (yucky, stinky) as he wipes kisses off (with a smile, of course -- he's a sweet boy).

I bought Chato Goes Cruisin' in a bookstore and ordered the other 2 sight unseen, fully confident that they'll be as wonderful.
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Chato and his friend Novio Boy find themselves facing several problems. First they are on a ship full of dogs and they are cats. They have to come up with their own fun. Then the dogs need their help and they set off to find them help but they come across a ship full of cats. Do they have fun and join the cats or do they keep their word and find help? They chose to find help.

While reading this book you can talk to your children about the importance of keeping your world even when something better comes up. Also about being socially responsible when you see others in need. And lastly the importance of creating your own fun.
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