Synopses & Reviews
Chato, the coolest cat in el barrio, loves to party--but not his best buddy, Novio Boy. Birthday parties always make him blue. "I'm from the pound," he tells Chato. "I don't know when I was born. I never knew my mami. I never even had a birthday party, or nothing." So Chato plans the coolest surprise party for Novio Boy, inviting all of el barrio, and cooking up a storm. But he forgets the most important thing--inviting Novio Boy! Luckily, just as everyone starts remembering all the things they used to love about their long-lost friend, the birthday boy arrives with his own surprise--himself! In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called Chato's Kitchen "Wickedly funny...Guevara's cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto's words glisten with wit. Salud to this magical pairing of talents."
Chato decides to throw a "pachanga" for his friend Novio Boy, who has never had a birthday party. But Chato forgets the most important thing--inviting Novio Boy. "Wickedly funny . . . Guevara's cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto's words glisten with wit".--"Publishers Weekly". Full color.
This ALA Notable Book, which tells the story of a jazzy, party-loving homecat who throws a birthday party for his best friend, was named the winner of the 2002 Pura Belpr Award for full-color illustrations by Susan Guevera.
About the Author
Susan Guevara is the two-time winner of the Pura Belpré Award for Illustration for Chato's Kitchen and Chato and the Party Animals. About Chato's Kitchen, School Library Journal said, "Guevara's striking illustrations enrich the text with delightful, witty details." She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.