Chato Goes Cruisin'
Chato Goes Cruisin'
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Annotation: Chato and Novio win a cruise but are disappointed to find that everyone else on board is a dog, and things go from bad to worse when the dogs party themselves sick and it is up to the cats to find help.
Catalog Number: #50326
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2007
Illustrator: Guevara, Susan,
Pages: 32
Availability: Out of Print
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240810-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-27805-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240810-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-27805-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2003012741
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Chato, cool cat of East L.A., trades the barrio for the high seas in his latest adventure. After winning a sweepstakes cruise for two, Chato invites his best friend, Novio Boy, along. The two home cats find themselves the only felines on a dog-oriented cruise, and the partying canines keep the cats up all night. Then all the pooches become ill, the radio breaks, and the captain sends Chato and Novio Boy out in a small boat to find help. After discovering a cats-only cruise, they find an island of vacationing vets, who return to the ship and bring everyone back to health. This book isn't as strong as the previous Chato stories; the fantastical rescue mission is particularly flimsy. Still, Chato and Novio Boy are charming characters, and children will enjoy the action and the cat-oriented plays on words. Most noteworthy are Guevara's brilliantly colored paintings, as winsome as ever, and the humorous black-and-white comic-strip insets that extend the fun. An appended glossary defines the many Spanish phrases.
Horn Book
Chato, the lowriding feline from East L.A. (Chato's Kitchen), and his best friend win a free cruise, but the amigos are dismayed to find themselves on a ship full of rowdy dogs. Using jazzy bilingual dialogue, Soto conveys how much the two friends feel like outsiders in this comically unfortunate situation. The bold acrylic paintings are augmented with black-and-white comic strips. Glos.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>The Cheech and Chong of the cat world are back. This time their adventures are chronicled in black-and-white comic strips as well as the familiar full-out color Guevara paintings. Chato and his homecat Novio Boy win a cruise from a box of cereal, but the cruise is full of dogs, so Chato and Novio Boy aren't thrilled with the food or the festivities. But when all the dogs get sick from overindulgence, it's the cats who bring help despite the temptation of a real cat cruise passed along the way. A glossary of Spanish words aids in the enjoyment of a just-silly-enough tale that still has sly lessons about being a friend, keeping your word and judging your fellowsa"even if they are dogs. (Picture book. 5-9)</p>
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 1-4-The creators of Chato's Kitchen (1995) and Chato and the Party Animals (2000, both Putnam) bring their cool cats back for another delightful adventure. Chato enters a contest and wins a trip for two on a cruise ship. When he and his friend Novio Boy arrive at the dock, they see that the vessel is filled with dogs, but decide to go anyway. The cruise is not all they had hoped it would be, with fuchi comida (stinky food) and silly games. Then the canines all get sick, and the cats set off in a lifeboat to get help. They sail past a catamaran filled with partying felines and are tempted to stop, but they gave their palabra (word) to the captain, so they continue on until a storm tosses them ashore on an island of vacationing veterinarians, and the dogs are finally saved. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the text and the "homecats" endear themselves to readers with charm and humor. The colorful acrylic and scratchboard paintings are filled with texture and motion. The expressions on the characters' faces are particularly funny. Inked comic strips play up the humor and add another dimension to the story. Admirers of the previous books will eat this one up, and the addition of cartoons may bring new fans to the table.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 1,184
Reading Level: 2.8
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 88007 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.1 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q41884
Lexile: AD600L

" Chihuahua " what are two low-riding cats to do when they sign up for a cruise and end up on a ship full of dogs? Chato and Novio boy try to have fun, but they're miserable watching endless games of bark at the Moon. plus, the dogs get sick from all their running around and excessive consumption of doggie treats. when the two cool cats go for help, they see the cruise they were meant to be on--a catamaran full of cats--and they have to decide whether to join the fun or be cats of their word. with extra storytelling in comic strips on each page, this ocean adventure is sure to garner laughs.

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