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!
This is a fun read where animal take on the characteristics of people living in the city neighborhood. The whole book is based on the preparation for the surprise birthday party and subsequently trying to find the birthday boy. A tiny twist ensues just when all seems lost.
I think kids would love the fact that through all the preparations the main cat forgets to invite his best friend because he is so wrapped up into the party in the making. Kids will find the humor in that. They will also get that friendship means different things to different people, in this case, they are like brothers.
The illustrations are done largely and in darker colors. Each page has the characters almost filling the whole page with the words nicely highlighted within the only white parts of two-page spreads. The illustrations almost drive the book.
What makes this book interesting is the addition of Spanish words throughout the text, although, I do not consider this to be bilingual because it is not.. There is a glossary in front which is different from what I have seen with other books with glossaries.
This book included an audio CD but I could not get it to work on my laptop.
Overall, I like this book and give it 4 stars.
Disclosure: I obtained this book from my local library. The views presented here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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