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Nov 05, Kathryn rated it really liked it Recommended to Kathryn by: Chandra--thank you! Shelves: autumn-halloween-thanksgiving , childrens-picture-books. Why is it that Halloween is such an "over and done with" holiday the moment November 1st rolls around??? I'm glad I did. This is definitely a "treat" in the Halloween picture book category.
The rhyme flows effortlessly and enjoyably, the Spanish words are easy to "interpret" even without the glossary and serve to enhance the flavor of the story with Why is it that Halloween is such an "over and done with" holiday the moment November 1st rolls around??? The rhyme flows effortlessly and enjoyably, the Spanish words are easy to "interpret" even without the glossary and serve to enhance the flavor of the story without causing stumbles or questions, and the illustrations while at times a bit creepy for my taste!
And I loved looking for the adorable black kitty on each page! The ending is quite a delightful surprise and I think kids will enjoy the "twist" on who is truly scared of whom on Halloween nights. Highly recommended! Shelves: zz-4star , childrens , reviewed , z , fiction , picture-books , readbooks-female-author-or-illust , goodreads-author.
Oh, I just loved this book. Thank you Chandra and Kathryn for your reviews; they inspired me to read this, and just a week and a half past Halloween. This book is seriously scary and might be too frightening for some young children, but it is so entertaining. I was thrilled that with my limited Spanish I understood all the Spanish words in this book.
The story, told as a poem, Oh, I just loved this book. The twist ending of the story is very well done and will appeal to young trick-or-treaters. The illustrations are interesting and detailed and appropriately Halloween atmospheric, and a few are kind of terrifying, but probably not overly so for most. This is a wonderful book for Halloween time. View 2 comments. Nov 18, NS Jordyn rated it really liked it Shelves: childrens-poetry , children-s-lit , award-winning-picture-books. Such a cool book for Halloween! The poetic verse blend English and Spanish words together with a glossary of Spanish translation in the back and the pictures are absolutely amazing.
Although it gets a little scary when all the dead things wake up, the ending is a funny and fearless one for children. Great for use with K-2, especially in bilingual classrooms where students may enjoy seeing familiar Spanish words blended with newer English words. Jan 14, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it liked it Shelves: read-childrens-books , read-holidays , read-pura-belpre.
What a clever way to introduce Spanish words for Halloween! I loved the illustrations, especially the little black cat that appears in every picture except the ones inside the mansion. In one picture there's even a little skeleton kitten. This is a great book for giving an Hispanic flavor to the October holiday.
May 12, Cora rated it it was amazing. Per Miss Maley's First graders: I loved it! It rhymes. It's very awesome. She's a great writer. She is funny in the books. It was fantastic. It was inspiring because of the illustrations were so good. It was scary. It was very terrifying. Shelves: halloween , picture-books , childrens-poetry , latino-children. Told in rhyming couplets, this deliciously creepy Halloween picture-book also incorporates a healthy dose of Spanish words as seen in the title itself into the narrative, making it something quite unique, when it comes to holiday fare for younger readers.
Although there is a glossary at the rear, the narrative of Los Gatos Black on Halloween is so cleverly constructed, that there is little need for it. The English equivalent of each Spanish word quickly follows it, making this a story that both entertains and instructs. The illustrations, by Yuyi Morales - whose bedtime book, Little Night , was so beautiful - really capture the creepy appeal of the tale. This is just a fabulous Halloween book, with visual and verbal scares aplenty, and I thank my friend Chandra for bringing it to my attention! Oct 05, Faith Tydings rated it it was amazing Shelves: spanish-fun.
May 18, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-books. Halloween is my favorite holiday and now it has a new tradition: a book to be read on October 31, and throughout the year. 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' Halloween is my favorite holiday and now it has a new tradition: a book to be read on October 31, and throughout the year. And Yuyi Morales' illustration 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? This little trick is a definite treat. Jun 30, Crystal rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-s-lit , picture-book , holiday , pura-belpre , diversity-on-the-shelf , latinos-in-kid-lit.
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Perfect for those children who are looking for a slightly creepy possibly a little scary book. Montes uses rhyming text to speak about the creepy monsters and things that may be about on Halloween. Yuyi Morales helps tell the tale with fantastic illustrations that are slightly creepy, but not too frightening for the young readers. There are Spanish words sprinkled throughout, but the text always provides plenty of support for those readers unfamiliar with the vocabulary if the illustrations aren Perfect for those children who are looking for a slightly creepy possibly a little scary book.
There are Spanish words sprinkled throughout, but the text always provides plenty of support for those readers unfamiliar with the vocabulary if the illustrations aren't enough.
Jul 31, Racheal rated it it was amazing Shelves: kids-picture-books , favorites. So delightfully spooky and atmospheric! Love it! Oct 31, Andrea rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I found this less than 2 months before reading it and was looking forward to it. I thought it was going to be so good, and I liked how Spanish words were integrated so I could learn a little more of that language. I thought this was going to be so much better than it turned out to be.
I didn't like the illustrations at all. I thought it was going to be so easy to determine what the Spanish words meant in English, but it wasn't always clear. The first page led me to believe I'd have no trouble tr I found this less than 2 months before reading it and was looking forward to it. The first page led me to believe I'd have no trouble translating. It mentioned "los gatos" black with eyes of green, and showed black cats, so that was a no-brainer.
I had heard of ojos-eyes-before. Once it said "Some unseen dedos--fingers--play, and that worked well. The Spanish words weren't integrated that well most of the time. The skeletons with creaks and groans. The worst for me was: "At medianoche midnight strikes. It impeded on the reading and wasn't a good format. There was no plot and not much of a story. I thought it was going to be about cats, as the whole title implies. Black cats are my favorite so I was expecting a charming tale.
But it was kind of all over the place, with all kinds of Halloween creatures and just relating their names in Spanish and coming up with rhyming actions for them to take. Then all of a sudden it wanted to be a very overused and mundane thing. Idk how many times I've read books where monsters get together and party, and they're all afraid of humans. It's not anywhere near original and I just don't like it. Crazy, scary creatures are afraid of the trick-or-treaters. It's been done so many times that it was just annoying.
No conclusive ending. What happened to the trick or treaters standing in the doorway? What did the monsters do? Bam, it was over and the ending was so unsatisfying. I was really disappointed with this. It wasn't cute or charming. The only good thing was learning some new words, and there was a glossary at the back which was really helpful and appreciated. I didn't like looking at the images at all. There were so many more words that could have been in Spanish, like the cats eyes as verde instead of just green, so I felt like a lot of opportunities were missed. Oct 12, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: picture-books.
Ahhh great Halloween book! Just creepy enough for my Halloween-loving preschooler. Great rhyming too.
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Oct 22, Carly Brown rated it really liked it Shelves: second-exam-insc As a student studying elementary education and Spanish, it was so great to see two interests combine! In this novel, Marisa Montes writes a story about Halloween while incorporating and teaching children many Spanish words.
My first thought about this book is that it would be great to read with ESL students, those whose first language is Spanish, as it would introduce them to many new English words while also including words in Spanish that they are already familiar with. In addition to this, th As a student studying elementary education and Spanish, it was so great to see two interests combine!
In addition to this, this book has a great usage of rhyming words, making it perfect for an early elementary read aloud or an independent reader for upper elementary students. The artwork begins on the dust jacket with a beautiful wrap around image of a black cat and other Halloween items.
Within this book, all pages are full double spread images, giving children a substantial amount of images to look at and analyze.
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I believe the most powerful thing about this artwork for children is that the artwork accurately depicts a Halloween mood through using dark colors to create an eerie feeling. While the artistic media used is not listed in this book, the artwork has definitely used a form of painting. As the artwork appears to have several layers, I believe the illustrator has used oil painting to create this artwork. The moody setting is one that I believe can best be depicted through oil painting. While the artwork helps children visualize a spooky Halloween night, it also helps children experience new cultures as the illustrator paints to reflect her childhood in Mexico.
With this in mind, this book would be great to introduce children to the unique ways holidays are celebrated in other countries. Nov 08, Miss Ryoko rated it liked it Shelves: library-book , picture-books. I listened to the book on cd for this one - it was fantastic! I loved the music and sound effects. The book is neat! Nov 03, Jesse rated it it was amazing Shelves: fave-authors , illustration-is-magic , picture-book , ghosts.
I adore Yuyi Morales 's work and so thought this would be a great book to read around Halloween and Day of the Dead. It was! I loved that the author included the Spanish words, as well as the English equivalents so that people could figure out what the words meant without the provided glossary. I'll definitely be reading this one again for future Halloweens! Nov 05, Carson rated it it was amazing. Los Gatos Black on Halloween is the perfect Halloween picture book. It has witches, skeletons, vampires, and monsters. The illustrations are dark, beautiful, and charming.
The text is fun and rhymes. Oh yeah, and it helps teach readers Spanish in a clever way! It's just fantastic. There's a fun story about all of the Halloween creatures getting together to have a spooky Halloween dance, until something even scarier interrupts them.
The book is great to read aloud because of the rhyming and meter Los Gatos Black on Halloween is the perfect Halloween picture book. The book is great to read aloud because of the rhyming and meter that lends itself to being read aloud. Yuyi Morales' illustrations are very ornate and done in an interesting style. She uses lots of dark colors to contrast the small portions of light, and uses extensive shadows. Her Halloween characters are very detailed and expressive, but never frightening because of the kind and fun expressions on their faces.
She blurs her paints together a bit to create a neat aesthetic of a shadowy Halloween night. Finally, seeing all of the creepy creatures dance together in this art style is silly and a treat to see. H Dr W W Lo P Farolitos for Abuelo by Rudolfo A. A Fap H45 A F58 C M Gat T Gre Z36 How Are You? D A S75 L67 R B E Lit M Lq M Ls S65 Lo S65 LOP M Man M M36 G Max G Maxi G A33 Cerro Translator ; K.
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