Chato and the Party Animals
Chato and the Party Animals

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Annotation: Chato decides to throw a "pachanga" for his friend Novio Boy, who has never had a birthday party.
Catalog Number: #21
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition Date: 2004
Illustrator: Guevara, Susan,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240032-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-01193-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240032-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01193-9
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Chato, the cool cat of the barrio first seen in the acclaimed Chato's Kitchen (1995), is back with his cast of party-loving animal friends in a sweet, melancholy friendship story. Chato's buddy Novio Boy is feeling down because he's never celebrated his birthday; he's from the pound and doesn't know when he was born. Pobrecito Everybody needs a birthday party, says Chato, and he organizes a party for his friend. The animals come together, but Novio Boy never arrives--Chato forgot to invite the guest of honor. After a fruitless search for Novio Boy, the animals regroup, worried and fearful, imagining the worst for their friend--who happily appears at the last minute, fresh from dumpster diving. The party lasts far into the night with presents and a catfish pinata. Soto's story, both edgy and warm, spills over with feline wordplay kids will love (home cat, for example), which Guevera expands on in her glorious, detailed paintings. Startlingly expressive animals, symbols of Latino culture, and winged-cat angels form dynamic, wild compositions that children will pore over up close and enjoy from a distance. Perfect for story hours. The introductory glossary is a fine bonus. (Reviewed August 2000)
Kirkus Reviews
Chato, Novio Boy, Chorizo, and the mouse family next door in the animal barrio of Chato's Kitchen (1995) are back. This time, Chato throws a surprise birthday party to help cheer up Novio Boy, who tearfully confesses that he grew up in a pound and has never been given a party. Chato's oversight is that he forgets to invite his carnal (brother). But all ends well, and the pachanga (festive party) lasted until the sun went down, the moon came up, and the neighbors started throwing shoes at them to stop the racket." Spanish words sprinkled throughout the text are defined in a glossary that precedes the story. Guevara's rich acrylic-on-scratchboard paintings steal the show, bringing to life the vibrant neighborhood, two rollicking parties, the mercado (market) where Chato shops, and the personalities of the main characters. While Novio Boy has never known his mother, a cat in a red dress, with breasts, a golden halo, and white wings appears as his guardian angel throughout. And when Novio Boy acknowledges the revelers as mi familia (my family), he is holding a Mexican tree of life that pictures all his friends. Guevara's art spreads across and bleeds off the double pages with humor, action, and a pleasing variety of perspectives. Here is a party that all will enjoy. (Picture book. 5-8)
Publishers Weekly
Last seen in Chato's Kitchen, Chato the cat here learns that his best friend has never had a birthday party. Chato plans a pachanga [party] that would be absolutely lo mejor [the best]-if only he had remembered to invite the guest of honor. Ages 4-up. (Feb.)
Word Count: 1,076
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 43011 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.2 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q22029
Lexile: AD620L
Guided Reading Level: Q
Fountas & Pinnell: Q

Chato-the coolest cat in the barrio-loves to party.  So when he learns that Novio Boy has never had a birthday party, Chato decides to throw him a surprise pachanga.  He gets right to work-inviting everyone in the neighborhood, cooking up a feast, arranging for music and a pinata, and even ordering a special cake.  Chato's  sure that he's thought of everything.  But when it comes time for the party, he realizes that he forgot the most important thing of all-Novio Boy!  With a lively text featuring Spanish words throughout, and bright, bold artwork, this sequel to Chato's Kitchen is truly a cause for celebration

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