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El Chupacabras

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  83 reviews

From the bestselling author ofDragons Love Tacoscomes a whimsical re-telling of the chupacabra folktale, written in a blend of English and Spanish

A long time ago, a girl named Carla lived on a goat farm with her father, Hector. One night, a goat disappeared from the farm and turned up flat as a pancake. Only one creature could do that--El Chupacabras, the goatsucker!

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Dial Books
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Zoe's Human
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lt
This is one of the best children's books I have ever read. It is hilarious. The art is fantastic. The story is fun. I love that, unlike most bilingual books, it isn't a straightforward division of the story-in-English here and the story-in-Spanish there. Sentences are mixtures of both languages. It takes a minute to get used to, but once you get the feel for it, it flows. Even better, all of the author's proceeds go to the Hispanic Federation!

I love this book so much. I have to get my own copy.
Disappointing. The story was choppy and hard to read. The Spanish and English switched around from page to page and even sentence to sentence making it difficult to read in either language.
La Coccinelle
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I actually did not think I was going to like this one at first. Between the e-book acting up (making it so that I couldn't even see a bunch of the pages) and the weird half-Spanish/half-English sentences, I was about ready to give up. But the illustrations are so gorgeous that they kept me turning the pages (what pages I could see), and I started getting used to the bilingual text. By the time I got to the end, the e-book had decided to behave, and I was able to read all the pages. What we have ...more
Alice Kuhn
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Penguin sent me an advance copy for my honest review. I just loved this book. Where to start? First off I like that the book is written in Spanish and English. It is a great book to introduce Spanish and English. Second, the illustrations are absolutely breath taking. Each page is completely filled with illustrations, with one page blending into another. Last but not least, the story-line, it was a combination of legend, humor and a bit scary. This might not be the best bedtime story but it is ...more
The most unique aspect of this book is how it mixes spanish and english within a sentence so that you have to read both to get the full meaning. Makes a lot of sense from a learning perspective and I'm surprised I don't see it done more often. Absolutely gorgeous artwork as well!
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse, to-buy
I loved this book! The sentences are a mixture of english and spanish phrases, and while it sounds like this was difficult for others to navigate, I found no problem switching between the sentence pieces to read in all-spanish or all-english. This is a fantastic book for children and families who either are bilingual or who are exposed to either language frequently. The story is funny (a great twist on a legendary character) and the illustrations were fantastic.
Abby Johnson
Adam Rubin takes the legend of El Chupacabras and gives it a hilarious twist in this story set on a goat farm. The wacky humor and silly illustrations will appeal to young readers who enjoy funny stories and the blend of English and Spanish is really innovative and cool. It's a bilingual story, but unlike most bilingual books, each sentence may contain half English and half Spanish (with the reverse phrasing just below). You don't have to know any Spanish or English to enjoy this book, but ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute story with a bilingual interaction that makes it fun and challenging!
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Interesting sorry. Useful when learning to differentiate words in Spanish and English, although it can be a little confusing it kept my child's interest.
A children's picture book all about CHUPACABRAS? Long overdue! Oh, it's also BILINGUAL what with both the English and the Spanish? Sign me up!

Oh, wait a minute. This book is... strange. Yes, it is in both English and Spanish, but it changes from one language to another mid-sentence and midstream. Huh. Well, this would be great for an audience that is moderately bilingual. Yet what about all those who aren't too fluent in one of those languages? Well, sorry to say, the book is not so great for
Stefanie Kellum
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Sort of funny with cute illustrations, but the way it always changes mid-sentence from Spanish to English or vice version with the opposite below is really confusing to read. The English sentence starts in English then switches to Spanish, and the Spanish translated sentence starts in Spanish then switches to English, so it'd be quite difficult to read in storytime unless you want to get dizzy jumping from line to line.

Love me some chupacabras though. #XPhileforLife
Mikey Golczynski
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not great. The illustrations are fun, lively, and super detailed. The decision to make each line half English and half Spanish instead of just providing a clean translation juxtaposed one on top of the other is baffling. It really made it difficult to read and it's going to isolate any children who speak only English and perhaps children who speak only Spanish. It's clunky and a poor design choice.
Melanie Dulaney
Adam Rubin's is a retelling of a Mexican tale about the creature known as El Chupacabras, or "The Goat-Sucker." The text is in both English and Spanish, but not always in the traditional way of having each sentence or section written entirely in one language and the complete translation written alongside, below or on the facing page. Instead, Rubin mixes it up, often including English and Spanish in the same sentence with the opposite translation below and sometimes presenting it in the ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
El Chupacabras by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Crash McCreery. PICTURE BOOK Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018. $17. 9780399539299



Carla lives with her father Hector on a farm with goats. One night they hear a creepy sound and when they wake in the morning one of the goats has been made into a goat pancake. Hector proceeds to tell Carla about “el Chupacabras”, or the goat sucker, who attacks goats, not killing them, but makes them
I read this book because it's on the Texas Library Association's current Bluebonnet list. This is a bilingual book about the folklore of the chupacabra (literally "goat sucker"). Unlike most bilingual books I have seen that have a block of text in English beside a block of text in another language, Spanish and English were interspersed in the same sentence. The second sentence would be a reverse of the first sentence, so the English words would now be in Spanish and vice versa. For example: ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a not so terrifying bilingual tale about El Chupacabras and his role in saving goats, which he sucks up once in a while. When Carla the little girl who loves bicycles, and her father Hector hear a cry in the night, they discover the next morning that one of their has goats has disappeared. Readers will have to find out what happnes to the missing goat from their farm. Inspired by a Cuban folk tale about el chupacabras, the terrifying beast, Adam Rubin gives the tale a clever twist with ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, picture-book
We were checking in books, and this one crossed our desk. My coworker and I both got distracted by both the silly story and the great illustrations of the goats. Loved their facial expressions!!

Plus, chupacabras. Such a great animal of legend! And here with his dainty vest and tea cup.

As a unique format for the bilingual picture books, the sentences are split by language. Instead of a whole sentence in English, then the same sentence in Spanish, the sentences are divided. The first one is half
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bluebonnets-2019
My students are always asking me for scary stories and El Chupacabra typically gets mentioned somewhere in that conversation. I like how this book takes a scary story and turns into something humorous while doing so in English and Spanish. I love that it is bilingual but I wasn't a fan of the format-half (or sometimes thirds) of the sentence was in English and the rest in Spanish. Then the line below it was the opposite of the one above it-it made it a little cumbersome for this English reader ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I always have mixed feelings when there is a mix of English and Spanish in the same sentence. From a language immersion standpoint, I tend to prefer things either all in Spanish or all in English, or Spanish on one page and English on the other. However, this is interesting. Rather than just adding a Spanish word or phrase to a sentence, the sentence is an interesting blend of English and Spanish with a sentence below with the reverse English and Spanish. Since I know some Spanish, I found ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I certainly liked it and I may love it! The story is hilarious and well told in English but I can't speak for the Spanish. I don't know much Spanish but have enough phonetic knowledge to just read this book as written and it was fun to do it this way although it would also be easy for a person to read it in one language or the other. The expressions on humans and beasts are well told through the illustrations. This has all the elements of a great folk take and I think most readers will enjoy it ...more
Holy kershmoley it's a TRANSLANGUAGING PICTURE BOOK! Uses language the way bilinguals in this country actually use language. SO GREAT! Also, hilarious pictures of goats. And a dapper little goatsucker. And a heroine on a bicycle, which is a totally integrated personality and plot characteristic, right up to the last panel. Plus, hilarious endpapers. I feel like this illustrator has really spent time with goats (and/or little siblings). Not the sort of illustrations I'm normally drawn to but they ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like some people are missing the point of the unique way this book is bilingual. Just as many of our English-language learners experience two different languages, so do the readers of this book. After a bit, you could predict what the Spanish words meant, and I imagine a native Spanish speaker would feel the reverse. At times you could understand the entire sentence even if it was a mixture of the two languages.
One thing that bothered me: it was never explained how El Chupacabras got back
The story of a girl and her father, who live on a goat farm, and when their goats go missing they confront the legend of el chupacbras, the goat suckers. The goat sucker, however isn’t a terrifying beast. He is small and just enjoys a goat pancake every once in a while. The father and daughter buy a magic dust but they use too much and turn the goats into giants. Now they must come up with a way to keep the giant goats from wrecking their farm.

It is written in a bilingual format, although a
Kim Engle
This is Caldecott Award material! The artwork is wonderful, silly, breathtaking. Very simple story, seems like it would be scary, but it's not, and the ending is a funny surprise. The artwork foreshadows itself. I love the way they have done the bilingual story. Instead of a sentence in one language, and a translation in the other, they do it with parts of the sentence in both languages, then the same sentence with the opposite parts. Sometimes there is a sentence left untranslated, but it's ...more
Age: Preschool-2nd grade
Animals: Goats
Culture: Mexican folktale inspired

What a fun blend of English and Spanish that features the feared Chupacabra who eventually comes to save the town from enlarged, magicked goats. The flow of the text and the fusion of English and Spanish in one line, then flipped in the other line, encourages readers to read both sentences--mirroring the brain's ability to translate fast without needing to actually translate every word. A fascinating style of writing paired
Roseann Podias
I found the story amusing. I thought the incorporation of English and Spanish into each sentence was a wonderful was to make the story bilingual. The illustrations of the goats were funny. I don’t think the myth of the goat sucker was appropriate for a children’s picture book, even in the toned down description of the legendary Chupacabra. The best quality of the book was the accessibility of comprehension to both English and Spanish speakers.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book. I love the illustrations. What I like most about this book is how the bilingual text is mixed within a sentence rather than being all English on one line and all Spanish on another. It helps the reader to instinctively figure out the language that may not be native to them. I thought this was a great way of making bilingual text really work! The 'goat pancakes' were a little creepy but the goats didn't seem to mind so why should I?
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the chupacabra myth and this story made him seem so cute.

This book was interesting to read. It was in English and Spanish. Part of a sentence was in English and then would switch to Spanish, then the sentence was repeated where the English part was in Spanish and the Spanish part in English. Pretty cool....if you're trying to learn the language.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bilingual breaks almost every sentence into segments that switch between Spanish & English. Unique illustrations show a variety of viewpoints and bring the reader right into the drama. Scary eyes, skillful use of dark and light, and end-papers makes a visual treat. In a couple scenes el chupacabras resembles the Grinch, but not a problem in view of all else that makes this a great read!
Maura Lentini
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really funny book in Spanglish, which is great fun if your kids are learning Spanish but reluctant to let you read to them in Spanish. You could, with some effort read it aloud only in English, but it would’ve a challenge, because the sentences are scrambled and the patterns of mixing the two languages are not consistent.
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Adam Rubin is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of ten critically-acclaimed picture books, including the Those Darn Squirrels trilogy, Dragons Love Tacos, Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, Secret Pizza Party, Robo-Sauce and El Chupacabras (short-listed for the 2018 Texas Blue Bonnet award). He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day ...more
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