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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches some Spanish words.
Violence & Scariness
Eerie cartoon depictions of skeletons, graveyards, etc., could be scary for young kids.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids older than 5 who expect Halloween to be spooky and scary will love this book. Younger readers might find some illustrations and characters disturbing, including the walking dead and werewolves. Some of the English/Spanish rhyming text may be confusing. Spanish and English words are used interchangeably in the rhymes, and kids might pick up some vocabulary.
Is It Any Good?
LOS GATOS BLACK ON HALLOWEEN is a remarkably original Halloween book that is especially enjoyable when read aloud. Each set of pages presents a cleverly written quatrain set playfully against the gray tones and rounded lines of the somewhat surreal illustrations.
The poetry finds perfect balance with the amazing paintings, all playfully humorous yet eerie and strange. Lines mix English and Spanish words, which flow musically against the backdrop of the spine-tingling illustrations to create a simple story in which traditions of an American Halloween intermingle with the Mexican Dia de los Muertos. Marisa Montes adds a clever twist, drawing her story to an interesting conclusion that will surprise and entertain kids and adults.
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