Review: Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Title: Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Author: Marisa Montes
Illustrator: Yuyi Morales
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Hardcover: 32 pages
Ages: 4 – 8
It is Halloween night. La luna is full and bright. Los monstrous throw a ball in the Haunted Hall. Los gatos black slink and creep on Halloween. Las brujas fly on escobas. Los esqueletos rattle bones. Los fantasmas drag their chains. Los perros howl. Las tumbas open. Once the party starts, some unseen dedos play music. Las brujas boggie. Los esqueletos do the hop. Los monstrous are having a good time when tres loud raps come from the door. La puerta opens wide. Human niños are at the door. Ironically, los monstrous get scared!
Yuyi Morales' illustrations are a creepy delight and reflect her Mexican heritage. Children's imaginations are going to run wild after looking at these Halloween pictures. Marisa Montes is an award-winning Puerto Rican writer. Montes does a great job introducing young children to scary Spanish Halloween words in this spooky poem. Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a must-read book for bilingual kids during Halloween. The book includes a glossary of vocabulary words and phonetic pronunciations in Spanish and English.