Synopses & Reviews
To get the "ratoncitos", little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more. Full color.
"A really cool book. . . . Soto adeptly captures the flavor of life in el barrio in this amusing tale. Guevara's striking illustrations enrich the text with delightful, witty details." --School Library Journal starred review
"Wickedly funny. . . Guevara's cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto's words glisten with wit." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review "Fresh and satisfying. . . Distinctly seasoned with the sights and sounds of East Los Angeles; the sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases adds the perfect flavor." --Horn Book Winner of the Pura Belpre Award for Illustration An ALA Notable Book A Parents' Choice Award Winner
Ganador del premio de ilustracion Pura Belpre 1996
The Spanish edition of a modern classic.
Chato can't believe his luck. Not only is he the coolest low-riding cat in East L.A., but his brand-new neighbors are the plumpest, juciest, tastiest-looking family of mice to move into the barrio in a long time. So Chato and his best friend, Novio Boy, get out the pots and pans, the tortillas and the beans--everything you'd need for a welcoming feast, except for the main dish, and the guests of honor. Of course, in Chato's mind they are one and the same thing.
But the mice are bringing a surprise guest of their own, who may be more than a cool cat can swallow."