The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones
The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones
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Annotation: Roberto and his mother made thirty dozen confetti-filled eggs, or cascarones, for guests at his birthday party, and he is sure the bogeyman, the cucuy, has stolen them along with the tamales, cake, and pinata.
Catalog Number: #600094238
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Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Cervantes, Valeria,
Pages: 32
Territory: World
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ISBN: 1-611-92581-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-611-92581-4
Dewey: E
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
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Roberto discovers that the cascarones (confetti-filled eggs) he made for his birthday party were stolen by the monstrous Cucuy (boogeyman), along with the tamales, the piqata, and even the cake. The stilted Spanish and English texts employ repetition and onomatopoeia to lead readers along the confetti trail to a surprise. Cervantes's slick, cartoony computer drawings are unsophisticated.
Kirkus Reviews
A disappointing bilingual offering. On the morning of his birthday party, young Roberto awakens to find his cascarones-- decorated, hollowed eggs filled with confetti--are missing. Roberto concludes the Cucuy, or the boogeyman, has stolen them and bravely sets out to find the villain--a decision praised in his imaginings by the little monsters that are, bizarrely, his companions throughout the story in the illustrations but that are absent from the text. Roberto journeys around his town, following the trail of confetti left by the cascarones and discovering the Cucuy has stolen items intended for his party from various shop owners. In another illustrative choice that may confuse readers, the shop owners he meets are described one way (hands on hips, hands thrown into the air, etc.) but depicted another. The ending, in which Roberto finds the lost items but doesn't grasp what has actually occurred, paints Roberto as an unbelievably naïve character. Child readers who see through that naïveté will be unlikely to want to identify with him. It's also disturbing that everyone in this book is portrayed as pale-skinned--a representation untrue to the diversity of Hispanic peoples. Weak character development, poor design and graceless art will leave readers dissatisfied. (Bilingual picture book. 3-6)
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Word Count: 1,111
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 163969 / grade: Lower Grades

Mighty Monster Mysteries! Roberto and his mother made thirty dozen confetti-filled eggs, or cascarones, for his birthday party. Roberto can't wait to crack the hollowed, painted and confetti-stuffed eggs over his friends' heads. But, when he goes to the kitchen to get the cascarones, they're gone! The only clue they ever existed is a trail of confetti that leads to a shadow. The shadow of the cucuy, or boogeyman!A party isn't a party without cascarones. So, even though the cucuy has scary eyes, sharp claws and pointy fangs, Roberto resolves to get them back. He grabs his little red wagon with the squeaky wheels and follows the trail of confetti, only to discover the tamales, cake and pinata for his party also have been swiped by the cucuy!Children ages 4 to 8 will follow along in breathless anticipation as brave Roberto conquers his fears and sets out to get his party back. Author Spelile Rivas and illustrator Valeria Cervantes team up again in this engaging sequel to their award-winning debut, No Time for Monsters / No hay tiempo para monstruos

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