El Chupacabras
El Chupacabras

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Annotation: Farmer Hector and his daughter Carla seek help from the monstrous chupacabra when their goats become giants and threaten the town.
Catalog Number: #173440
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-399-53929-8 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3656-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-399-53929-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3656-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016002400
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Kirkus Reviews
The monster with a taste for goats' blood is at the center of this bilingual tale.On an isolated ranch, Carla and her dad, Héctor, wake up to an ominous sound. The next day their wide-eyed goats are trembling in a tree—all but one. Carla cycles around their property until she comes upon what looks like a goat pancake. Aside from its head ("¡Blaaaaa!"), the goat is a boneless puddle. "¡EL CHUPACABRAS!" Héctor cries, with the handkerchief-munching cabra draped limply across his arms. A flower peddler offers protective magic dust, but Héctor overdoes it. After a few sneezes, the unhappy goats are taller than the distant town's church—and they have enormous appetites. The story plays fast and loose with the legend, taking place "a long time ago," even though the chupacabras reportedly first appeared in Puerto Rico in 1995. Rubin's fully bilingual text weaves English together with Spanish with no discernable pattern, often switching in the middle of a sentence, which may prove a challenge for some. McCreery's humorous illustrations (the goats are hilarious) are sometimes at odds with the text. The ranch appears to be in the desert Southwest, but Carla quickly rides her bicycle to a convenient forest. After a goat eats the bell tower, the narrative states there was no "permanent damage." The chupacabras, described as a "tiny gentleman," is a visual mix of the Grinch and a simian reptile; Carla and Héctor have brown skin and straight, black hair.Despite incongruities, Rubin's silly story and McCreery's animation-quality artwork will attract eager fans. (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
Rubin (Dragons Love Tacos) and McCreery team up to tell the bilingual, comical "true" story of the dreaded el chupacabras. Finding one of their fat and happy goats flat as a pancake and an apparent victim of "the goat sucker," Hector and his daughter Carla enlist the help of a roadside flower lady offering a magic dust: "It will protect your hermosas cabras. Try it." Overzealous Hector sprinkles too much magic dust and transforms his goats into giants that threaten to destroy the whole town. Quick-thinking Carla, however, knows just who can help. Enter El Chupacabras: the creature of legend who isn't quite so monstrous and is, in truth, a tiny gentleman willing to save the day. Rubin's tale of rampaging goats and genteel monsters who favor chocolate with churros is skillfully told in alternating English and Spanish: "La leyenda decía que el chupacabras was a terrifying beast./ The legend said that the goat sucker era una bestia aterradora." McCreery's vibrantly detailed illustrations, from sneezing goats to a bicycle-riding el chupacabras, inject wonderfully outrageous physical humor into Rubin's rip-roaring retelling. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.1 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q73431
Lexile: AD530L

From the bestselling author of Dragons Love Tacos comes a whimsical re-telling of the chupacabra folktale, written in a blend of English and Spanish

A long time ago, a girl named Carla lived on a goat farm with her father, Hector. One night, a goat disappeared from the farm and turned up flat as a pancake. Only one creature could do that--El Chupacabras, the goatsucker! Legend has it that El Chupacabras is a fearsome beast, but you can't believe everything you hear...and sometimes the truth is even more interesting.

Told in equal parts English and Spanish by bestselling author Adam Rubin, and cinematically illustrated by acclaimed Hollywood creature creator Crash McCreery, this lighthearted take on a modern legend is not told in the traditional bilingual style.

Each sentence is half-Spanish/half-English followed by a repetition of the same line translated the other way around. This mirroring technique allows the languages to intermingle equally. A fun and unique way to introduce either Spanish or English to new readers.

A note from author Adam Rubin:
"I decided to tell this story in an unusual way to explore the beauty of harmony. It's easy to dismiss the unfamiliar, but compassion takes a little more effort. With so many people trumpeting divisiveness right now, it's more important than ever to teach kids that there is more than one way to understand the world."

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