Kid Cyclone Fights Devil and Other Stories = Kid Ciclon Se Enfrenta a el Diablo y Otras Historias
Kid Cyclone Fights Devil and Other Stories = Kid Ciclon Se Enfrenta a el Diablo y Otras Historias
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Annotation: Bilingual collection of spooky stories featuring supernatural characters from Mexican-American folklore.
Catalog Number: #4623777
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 64
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-558-85599-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-558-85599-1
Dewey: Fic
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In a book that features both Spanish and English text between the same covers, Garza offers fourteen short stories featuring Mexican and Mexican American characters battling (sometimes none too successfully) the forces of darkness. Most of the stories are of the slumber-party variety, with ironic endings and people being devoured by creatures with big teeth. One of the stories, "Llorona 911," even features a slumber party, with the participants playing the familiar slumber-party scary games, leading to tragic results. Of course, as with most of these scary collections, some of the stories are more successful at eliciting chills than others, although the title story is not without humor, as a masked Mexican wrestler battles the devil himself. Garza's own black-and-white drawings add to the spookiness. Robert San Souci's collections Dare to Be Scared (2003) and Double-Dare to Be Scared (2004) offer similar chills to readers in need of a fright.
School Library Journal
Gr 6&11;10&12; A compendium of scary short stories featuring popular characters from Mexican folklore. Characters such as La Llorona and El Chupacabras are sure to give readers the chills. In "The Witch Owl," a witch wants to steal a baby from her 14-year-old sister to have as a meal. In another selection, Maya and Vincent, Kid Cyclone's niece and nephew, say that no one could defeat their uncle. The Devil himself takes the challenge and decides to fight Kid Cyclone. "The Saints" is one instance where Garza uses a common superstition among Latin elders. In this story a star football player gets injured and can't play anymore. His grandmother promises that he will feel better if he prays to the Saints every day. However he forgets his promise and faces bad consequences. These short stories can be helpful in a bilingual classroom where reluctant readers will learn new vocabulary. They could also be used as read-alouds to illustrate the constant struggle between good and evil characters. The black-and-white illustrations complement each story and add to its dramatic appeal. The Spanish translation is accurate and smooth.&12; Patricia Bashir, The Brentwood Library, TN
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Word Count: 16,618
Reading Level: 4.9
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.9 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 157532 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 780L

Cousins Maya and Vincent are thrilled to be ring side at a lucha libre match. Kid Cyclone, the wrestling world¿s favorite hero who also happens to be the kids¿ beloved uncle, is facing off against a devil-masked opponent, El Diablo. ¿No masked devil can beat my uncle. Not even the real devil himself,¿ declares Maya. But the real devil doesn¿t take kindly to such disrespect, and soon Kid Cyclone finds himself fighting the most hellish challenger of all! Popular kids¿ book author Xavier Garza returns with another collection of stories featuring spooky characters from Mexican-American folklore. There¿s a witch that takes the shape of a snake in order to poison and punish those who disregard her warnings; green-skinned, red-eyed creatures called chupacabras that suck the blood from wild pigs, but would just as soon suck the blood from a human who has lost his way in the night; a young girl disfigured in a fire set by a scorned lover who gets her revenge as the Donkey Lady; and the Elmendof Beast, said to have the head of a wolf with skin so thick it¿s impervious to shotgun blasts. Accompanied by the author¿s striking illustrations of the creepy creatures, the hair-raising stories in this bilingual collection for kids ages 8 - 12 are sure to lure even the most reluctant readers into its pages.r


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