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Juan and the Chupacabras/ Juan y el Chupacabras Hardcover – October 31, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pinata Books; Bilingual edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558854541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558854543
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2-4–Tall tales or true adventures? Cousins Luz and Juan can't tell if the wild stories their grandfather tells them of his own life-and-death battles with the infamous Chupacabras are fact or fiction. So they arm themselves with a trusty slingshot and a bag of marbles (that have been soaked in holy water for good measure) and venture out into the night-shadowed cornfields in search of the legendary bloodsucking stealer of children. When the demon makes a frightening appearance, Luz shoots her slingshot directly at its forehead. Before the children can celebrate, the monster yells out their names in a strangely familiar voice. It turns out that they have mistaken Juan's dad for the Chupacabras. When they explain that they were only trying to verify Abuelo's stories, the father merely smiles and urges them to run along home. Besides, he says, the Chupacabras only comes out when the moon is full. The English and Spanish texts appear on the same page, separated by a narrow illustration. The full-page illustration moves the action along nicely. An excellent choice for storytime and classroom sharing.
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"…an attractive package with definite appeal for boys. This title is sure to become popular in both libraries and bookstores." --Críticas (starred review) on Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask: A Bilingual Cuento

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"An excellent choice for story time and classroom sharing." --School Library Journal

"The story is well-developed, with children who are realistically inquisitive…" --Criticas

More About the Author

Xavier Garza was born in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He is an enthusiastic author, artist, teacher and storyteller whose work is a lively documentation of life, dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. He lives with his wife and son in San Antonio, Texas, and is the author of numerous books.

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By JoeyL on January 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a good story for starting conversation about the chupacabras without being "scary." My third graders, though, were hoping to have a more gory story. Nonetheless, they were engaged. The illustrations are great!
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By Ventura on December 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Juan and the Chupacabras is a truly delightful story. The characters are funny, and the Chupacabras creepy. All in all, my kids really enjoyed this book.
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