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By CatherineMarieB459, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Boy makes friends, faces bullying in funny monster tale.

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The writing is witty and the illustrations funny, with a slight gross-out factor, in this middle grade fantasy. Chupacarter will likely appeal to older kids and tweens. Jorge and Carter deal with the labels other people put on them, and show empathy and courage as they push through their challenges together. Other diverse characters -- including Ernie, who's Native American, and Liza, who's Black and vegan -- are relatable and interesting, although some of them could use more development, and will likely appear in the sequel. Kids will learn some Latino folklore and Spanish slang, as well as read about difficulties that many Latinos deal with. The quick conclusion leaves a lot of questions and problems unresolved, and some readers may feel unsatisfied. Overall, it's a humorous book that will engage middle grade readers.

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