Juan and the chupacabras = Juan y el chupacabras
Juan and the chupacabras = Juan y el chupacabras

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Annotation: Did their grandfather REALLY meet the dreaded, blood-sucking Chupacabras as a boy? Cousins Juan and Luz decide to find out if the story's true.
Catalog Number: #12259
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2006
Edition Date: 2006
Illustrator: Ward, April,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-558-85454-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-11417-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-558-85454-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-11417-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2004063131
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
Their grandfather's tales of his encounters with Latin American terrors La Llorona (the ghostly Weeping Woman) and the Chupacabras inspire Juan and his almost fearless cousin Luz to sneak out late. Their hopes of confronting the Chupacabras, a somewhat vampiric creature illustrated here as a rather comical dragon with birdlike legs, seem to come true when they meet up with a shadowy upright figure that apparently has wings fluttering near its head. Luz goes on the attack with her "magic" marbles, which she has soaked in holy water, and slingshot. Unfortunately, her victim turns out to be Juan's father with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders, coming out to bring them back inside the house. Ward's illustrations reflect Garza's South Texas background, showing both cacti that flourish in semi-aridity and trees and fields of corn that benefit from irrigation. The expressions of La Llorona and the Chupacabras are both funny and scary, and the human characters are realistically drawn. Both Spanish and English texts flow smoothly, with enough action to keep younger readers involved. Another successful title for the author of Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask (2005). (Picture book. 6-9)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4 Tall tales or true adventures? Cousins Luz and Juan cant tell if the wild stories their grandfather tells them of his own life-and-death battles with the infamous Chupacabras are fact or fiction. So they arm themselves with a trusty slingshot and a bag of marbles (that have been soaked in holy water for good measure) and venture out into the night-shadowed cornfields in search of the legendary bloodsucking stealer of children. When the demon makes a frightening appearance, Luz shoots her slingshot directly at its forehead. Before the children can celebrate, the monster yells out their names in a strangely familiar voice. It turns out that they have mistaken Juans dad for the Chupacabras . When they explain that they were only trying to verify Abuelos stories, the father merely smiles and urges them to run along home. Besides, he says, the Chupacabras only comes out when the moon is full. The English and Spanish texts appear on the same page, separated by a narrow illustration. The full-page illustration moves the action along nicely. An excellent choice for storytime and classroom sharing.
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School Library Journal (10/1/06)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 1,484
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 115729 / grade: Lower Grades

The beast had dark green skin and glowing red eyes that were the size of two baseballs, Abuelo tells his wide-eyed grandchildren. According to Abuelo, a creature called the Chupacabras lurks in the fields looking for fresh victims. Young Juan and his cousin Luz savor Abuelo's hair-raising stories. He tells the children of defeating terrifying fiends like the Chupacabras and La Llorona. The children cling to every word as he describes his brave stand-off with the Chupacabras, a terrifying beast with wings, claws and sharp fangs. But yet they wonder if there's more to his strange story than meets the eye. Plucky Luz hatches a plan to either disprove Abuelo's tale or hunt down the menacing monster and put an end to it once and for all. Armed with a bag of marbles dipped in holy water and a sling shot, the children venture into a cornfield one moonless night in search of the truth. Just like Chupacabras's thirst for blood and the children's appetite for Abuelo's stories, young readers age3-7 will devour the pages of this exciting picture book that transmits the storytelling traditions of the Mexican-American community from one generation to the next.d


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