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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805074295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805074291
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4–Montes smoothly incorporates Spanish terms into a rhythmic poem describing a moonlit Halloween night. Los esqueletos rattle bones and clatter in a dance, los fantasmas drag their chains and shriek their pains, and los muertos emerge from their graves to join other creatures at a haunted casa for music and dancing. However, the party stops dead with the arrival of trick-or-treaters, which causes the frightened spooks to hide, for The thing that monsters most abhor/Are human niños at the door! The full-bleed paintings create a creepy mood with curving lines, fluid textures, and dusky hues. Rounded figures dance across the atmospheric spreads, which depict blank-faced skeletons, a toothy werewolf, and a child zombie with glowing eyes. The pictures are eerie enough to tingle spines, but the effect is leavened with bits of humor (witches perform skateboard tricks on their brooms, a vampire admires himself in a mirror that reflects only his clothing). The poems cadenced rhymes and descriptive language build suspense until the satisfying ending. Spanish words are easy to understand in context, but are also defined in a glossary with pronunciation guides. This book is just right for children who are beginning to find typical Halloween fare a bit too tame.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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K-Gr. 2. A cat's green eyes stare out from the book's cover. Inside, there are more of los gatos--as well as las brujas (witches), los fantasmas (ghosts), and los esqueletos (skeletons looking like they have come from a Dia de los Muertos celebration. The pithy, rhyming text tells a frightening, if familiar, story. The ghosts and ghoulies are off to a Monsters' Ball at Haunted Hall, and though there's plenty of scary stuff around, the guests are most frightened by the children who come knocking at the door for trick-or-treat. Montes' evocative poem deserves exceptional artwork, and Morales obliges. Her soft-edged paintings glow with the luminosity of jewels, and her witches, werewolves, and corpses are frighteningly executed. Therein lies what may be a problem for preschoolers. These fiends aren't particularly kid-friendly; they are dead-eyed, Day of the Dead folk who scare. For slightly older children, however, this spookiness is what Halloween is all about. The Spanish is neatly integrated into the text, but for those who need clarification, a glossary is appended. Ilene Cooper
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Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a cute rhyming story about Halloween.
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The author Marisa Montes does a terrific job making the text rhyme while incorporating dozens of Spanish words within the book.
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The wonderful children's picture book is a great story to read around the time of Halloween.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria on March 21, 2007
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Los Gatos Black is my all-time favorite Halloween book. It shrieks and howls and creaks and made me laugh and shiver at the same time. Montes' words leap off the page and Morales' artwork shines and shimmers and conjures up images of her native Mexican Day of the Dead. It is breath-taking...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Ehrhardt on March 21, 2007
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Love the concept, love the text. Ah, but the illustrations are the main treat - better than a bagful of Snickers and Atomic Fireballs! So spooky, so rich, and full of delicious details - you can get lost in them for hours!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. C. Porter on May 18, 2008
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Halloween is my favorite holiday and now it has a new tradition: a book to be read on October 31, and throughout the year.
"Los Gatos Black on Halloween" is as rich and delicious as a slice of pumpkin pie. All the creepy creatures from the other world are gathering for their yearly bash at the local haunted house. Ghosts and Ghouls, Witches and Vamps, dance and cavort until the scariest monsters of all come trick-or-treating at the door. Marisa Montes' rhyming text is spot on.
And Yuyi Morales' illustrations kick the whole thing up to an even more supernatural level. She layers rich cultural references (Is that an Aztec giving the conquistador the raspberry?) and witty humor (the vain vampire checking his hair IN A MIRROR) into her astounding artwork, reminiscent of the finest Mexican muralists.
This little trick is a definite treat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Readerly Type on November 9, 2010
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This is one of the best Halloween picture books I've ever read. Working as a Youth and Teen librarian, I see a lot of picture books about Halloween, many of which are just so-so. This book caught my eye with its beautiful artwork and clever, lyrical rhymes. Though it's not truly bilingual--the text is mostly English with a sprinkling of Spanish--the Spanish flavor comes through strong in the pictures and the music of the rhyme. The story covers many denizens of Halloween: ghosts, skeletons, monsters, mummies, witches, vampires, werewolves, and, of course, black cats. They gather at a haunted house to celebrate the holiday together. The story is spooky, without a doubt, but not scary, with a great twist at the end. There's a glossary in back for the Spanish words, even though the text and pictures make the meanings clear. This book makes a fun read any time of year (especially for a year-round Halloween fan!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Taylor on October 24, 2007
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Both me and my wife (a first grade teacher) really loved this book. It has great artwork (the first thing I look for), a really fun poem that incorporates Halloween words Spanish (teaching them through context), and cute ending. A great Halloween book for the classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Manseau on November 4, 2007
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This is an excellent book for diversity in your classroom. Words are defined in the back for easy reference. You can adapt this book for extension lessons every easily.
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By Candace Lee on September 29, 2010
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Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a terrific book that is written in English with a few Spanish words thrown in there. It's a great way for children that are learning Spanish to see the way that these words are placed in a sentence. If a child doesn't know the Spanish word being used, the illustrations are very detailed and the reader could figure out the word by reading the line and looking at the pictures. There is also a glossary in the back of the book that gives the definition and pronunciation of the Spanish word. I love that feature of the book; it really helps the reader understand the book and if it is read aloud then the reader knows exactly how to say the specific word. My favorite thing about this book was the amazing pictures and descriptions of the creepy characters. It's a perfect book to read around Halloween time, it shows outstanding pictures of witch's, ghosts, vampires, skeletons, mummies, zombies, and of course black cats! This book will definitely keep a child's imagination running wild, and at the end of the book is a little twist, and it shows us what monsters really don't appreciate!
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Los Gatos Black on Halloween is an incredible original halloween book. It is a wonderful read-aloud that incorporates Spanish throughout the story. The author Marisa Montes does a terrific job making the text rhyme while incorporating dozens of Spanish words within the book. Illustrator Yuyi Morales makes the story come to life with her beautiful illustrations of los gatos (cats), las calabazas (pumkins), las brujas (witches), and los esquelitos (skeletons). It is obvious when looking at her amazingly illustrated pictures that she won the Pura Belpré Award for this book.This book is not only perfect for children but I think that adults will enjoy reading this story as well. Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a scary yet fun read about witches, skeletons, ghosts and black cats that come out on Halloween night for a festive party in a haunted mansion. But, soon their party will be interrupted by some intruders.
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