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The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Like most goats, Jayna, Bumsie, and Pep's greatest fear is being eaten for dinner by the legendary chupacabra. (It's common knowledge that goats are a chupacabra's favorite food!) One night, tired of living in fear, the impetuous goats whip out their trusty candelabra and head off to find the beast and scare it away before it can find them. Little do they know that candela ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Nancy Paulsen Books
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Erin Fullam My boys all loved it, my 7 year old and 5 year olds read it to themselves again at bedtime.

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Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The chupacabra LOVES to eat. There are many favorite foods on his list. Three goats are afraid they might just be on the top of that list.

Colorful, cute fun - and the author manages to rhyme chupacabra with cucaracha!

Lots of personality and kicky wordplay in this new picture book from Marc Tyler Nobleman, who usually writes nonfiction for kids, but here proves to be equally adept at rolling out his silly side. Marvelous ultra-vivid illustrations by Mexico City-born Ana Aranda are textured, hot, kooky and just right.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
That was a fun and interesting book. The goats are scared of the chupacabra. Until they find out that his third favorite food is a candelabra, and his second favorite food is cucaracha. But don’t try to eat the two together. It’s like eating a peanut butter and sardine sandwich. Eweee. What is his favorite food? You’ll have to pick up this wacky book to find out.
Marissa Elera
The story is lacking, but the art makes up for it tenfold. Aranda's stunning paintings watercolor the sweet landscape in the most enchanting way. I wouldn't mind living in her watercolor world!
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read it in Spanish, it was worth it.
Veronica Manthei
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good scary book for littles. Goats, monsters, makebelieve, cheese, food, eating.
Scottsdale Public Library
Three goats have to think quick when they find out the Chupacabra is coming to dinner. A funny Spanglish book with amazing illustrations! Good for fans of Dragons Love Tacos. - Michelle V.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Don't get me wrong . . . I'm all about the chupacabra, but this book just didn't work for me. I feel like the author thought "Huh. Chupacabra and candelabra sound similar. I should write a book" and then never got around to coming up with anything else. The illustrations were cute, though, with the chupacabra's shadow being larger and more fearsome than he was.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not since Skippy-Jon Jones have I been so entertained by a silly spanglish picture book. I laughed out loud.

This book won't be for everyone, but some of us...we will read it aloud and INSIST you find it funny, too!
Lauren Kramer
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra by Marc Tyler Nobleman follows three goats on their brave quest to meet the Chupacabra. Jayna knows that the Chupacabra loves to eat goats. Instead of waiting to be eaten, Jayna gathers his friends, Bumsie and Pep, to confront the Chupacabra.

Brandishing a candelabra to combat the darkness, the friends embark on their journey. When they reach the Chupacabra's house, the group is shocked when the Chupacabra sneaks out of the night and eats the candelabra. He soon
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Becky B
Three goats try to satisfy the hunger of a chupacabra in ways that don't get them eaten.

This was a lot of fun. I like the fun with word sounds, and I love how nonplussed and straight forward Pep the goat is. Pep made me laugh several times. Chupacabras are an oft neglected mythical animal in the picture book world, so this will likely be a delightfully hilarious introduction to a not-so-scary one for most kids. I also like the vibrant art style that fits the topic quite well. Highly recommended
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Themes: Goats/Chupacabra/Eating/Food/English and Spanish/Hispanic/Latinx

This is too long for storytime.

"Do you like being gobbled up? Neither do goats. But they say goats are the favorite food of the legendary chupacabra. So when Jayna warns Bumsie and Pep that the chupacabra is going to show up and chow down, the goats figure they better take matters - and a candelabra - into their own hooves. Their goal: stop the chupacabra before the chupacabra eats them... gulp." - inside left jacket flap
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like queso
Three little goats try to delay the inevitable by feeding the chupacabra (a mythological goat-eating creature from Mexico) cucurachas and candelabras. But in the end, they discover his real favorite food... (view spoiler)

Has a definite folktale feel with the three goats, the mythological "big bad wolf" creature, and the build up to the final discovery.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
In case you were wondering (like I was), a chupacabra is a Latin American urban legend similar to a yeti or sasquatch that drinks the blood of animals especially goats. In fact, chupacabra means "goat killer". It isn't necessary to know this information to enjoy the story, but I think it is good to know in case kids ask. The story is quirky and funny. The illustrations are colorful and bright. Not only is this a great book to share at story time, it would be perfect for reader's theater.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, picture, children-s
I for one enjoyed this book a lot! Three goats are worried that the chupacabra is going to eat them. The end up feeding him his third and second favorite things - a candelabra and a cucaracha. The goats are terrified that they are going to be eaten for dinner and then they discover that the chupacabra's favorite thing is goat (wait for it!) cheese. Funny, excellent rhythm, perfect suspense, great colors in the vibrant illustrations.
Jill Pickle
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
High-energy read aloud with super fun tongue twisting action. Also it's about a chupacabra!!!

The word length is slightly too long, which meant that the story had some trouble getting off its feet. But the payoff is worth it for the yelling of well-known Spanish words at the end: "...THE CUCARACHA!" Lol.
Mackenzie Jager
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full of word play, this Mexican-folk art inspired story follows goat friends decide the best way to avoid being eaten by the infamous chupacabra is to chase him down and scare him away. The art is vibrant and utterly unique. The writing is good, but I think the illustrations are what truly make this book stand out.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book cracks me up. A character in Mexican folklore, the Chupacabra can be pretty scary. Luckily, these 3 goats can take care of themselves. Sometimes, you just need a book to make kids laugh. This fits the bill AND leads to a discussion about other characters we question are real; Big Foot, Nessie, etc.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On top of some adorable illustrations, there is a great message in the story. If you are looking for a book to teach your kiddo about NOT judging a book by its cover, this is the perfect one for you to look into.
Diana Colby
2017 Copyright date. I loved how the introduced the legendary tale of the chupacabra. It was a cute story about how the three goats try to keep the chupacabra from eating them. I loved the use of the Spanish words. I also liked the colors. 3/4
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The goats do NOT want to be eaten by the chupacabra, who is supposedly coming over to eat them for dinner. They decide to confront the chupacabra, and when they do, they learn the chupacabra actual favorite things to eat.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I thought this book was pretty cool. the alliteration was fun and creative. However, the group of kids I read it to didn't agree. Ages ranged from 1 year up to 6 years. Definitely not the book for those particular kids. At least I enjoyed it. The artwork is great too.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chupacabras like to eat... goats! Right? Maybe not... This book stands out in my recently-read pile of picture books (that I've mostly been disappointed in lately, frankly.) FUN and full of personality.
Heather Gunnell
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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The goats decide to scare off the chupacabra before he can eat them, but he eats their candelabra! What are they to do? What will save them from being next on the chupacabra's menu? Read on to see the cute conclusion to this tale.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Groovy, silly, and colorful, this is a unique book that will catch kids' attention.

Vegan parents note: There's a great line in which a goat proclaims "how rude!" upon learning that the Chupacabra likes to eat goats. He suggests that the monster try veggies instead, which are healthier. However, at the end, goat cheese is suggested instead of eating goats.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bookaday #61. Cute, cute, cute! Fun story, surprise ending. Bound to prompt many discussions on favorite things to eat! Observant readers will find the chupacabra in all the pages, and don't miss the case cover art!
Karen Dubke
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This was so fun! Kids will love having adults getting a little tongue tied at this silly book that reminds us just a little bit of the three little pigs, but better. I loved the jeweled tones of the illustrations as well. Beautiful and fun.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very silly book, but fun to read aloud. as i read each page, i wondered what the Chupacabra would next want to eat. i love that sense of anticipation each page brings, as well as the desperate sense of humor exhibited by the three goats.
Ms. B
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, folktale, picture
Cute retelling of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. In this one, three goats fear a chupacabra who will eat almost anything. How could I not love a story that is able to rhyme chupacabra, candelabra and cucaracha. Fun illustrations by Ana Aranda only make it better.
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Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of "Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman" (which inspired the Hulu documentary "Batman & Bill" and a TED Talk), "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman," "The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra," "Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story" (Orbis Pictus Honor Book), "Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairie ...more