Monday, October 26, 2015
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes
Under October's luna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren't even there yet!
Summary and image from Goodreads.com.
My review: I picked this up at the library's Halloween display a few weeks ago and have thoroughly enjoyed it. A fun Halloween book with a Mexican Día De Los Muertos vibe and fascinating illustrations.
Spanish words are woven into every stanza of this rhythmic, rhyming story in such a way that you understand what each word means. Witches, vampires, skeletons, zombies, mummies, and, of course, black cats all come together to have a party in a haunted house underneath the October moon. Yet there is something that scares even these scary fantasmas--children trick-or-treating!
I really enjoy this fun Halloween book. My six-year-old loves it. She is always trying to learn Spanish when she can and this was an engaging and memorable way to add a few offbeat Spanish words to our vocabulary. My three-year-old did not like it the first time we read it, calling it scary, but since has enjoyed repeated readings. I love, love, love Halloween--especially the old traditions surrounding it--so this book was right up my alley.
For the sensitive reader: I know there are some people who prefer to leave the ghosts and witches out of Halloween and focus on superheroes and princesses. Those readers may find this book a little macabre for children. The illustrations are a little spooky, but not disturbing or gross. After an initial viewing, my 3 year-old now likes this book and enjoys counting the skeletons and the zombies with glowing eyes.
Rating: 4.5 stars