Sunday, October 26, 2014

Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes

Los Gatos Black on Halloween
by Marisa Montes
illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Find out more about this book and author:
Marisa's Website
Yuyi's Website

Published: 2006
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: Children's, Halloween
Hardback: 32 pages
Rating: 5

Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party

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!

This lively bilingual Halloween poem introduces young readers to a spooky array of Spanish words that will open their ojos to the chilling delights of the season.

Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration and a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative.

Zombie sighting:

Next los fantasmas drag their chains;
The ghosts, the phantoms, shriek their pains.
Now come the ghouls. Then zombies march
Beneath the trees where branches arch.
-page 9

My two-bits:

I picked this up to read to fulfill my Bookish Bingo Halloween square and was tickled.

So cute. So fun.

This is a gem of a book that made me hoot at the end.

It is houses rhyming verses with dashes of spanish words to learn along the way.

The illustrations are delightful and captures the spirit of the story well.


* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Halloween


  1. Oh this sounds adorable and I love when a children's book can make moms and dads grin too!

  2. I love the sound of this and how it incorporates Spanish.

  3. Like the new look. Threw me for a loop as I was expecting pink, get to the page and books! Love it!
    Great review too!

  4. Tres adorable (am also a sucker for cats) <3 :)


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