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Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys

(Weetzie Bat #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,362 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Cherokee bat danced and sang. Witch baby, Cherokee's almost-sister, pounded the beat on her drums. Raphael played the guitar, and Angel Juan kept the rhythm on his bass. They made music that sparkled like fireworks, and audiences loved them.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 30th 1993 by HarperTeen (first published August 1st 1992)
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Rachel Fellows
The Weetzie Bat series is just so California. This volume kicks the fairy tale up a notch in its exploration of coming of age and sexuality, all centered around the mystical magic Cherokee and her sister, Witch Baby, along with their friends Raphael and Angel Juan, conjure up to create a whirlwind rock band on the L.A. scene: The Goat Guys.

I think it's probably best to look at this volume as a fable or a fairy tale.

This book was written in the 90s, before knowledge of cultural appropriation was
Disclaimer: I'm currently reading through Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, but I'm reviewing each book individually because they are very much independent stories with their own separate conclusions.

Cherokee Bat focuses on the kids of the Bat household as teenagers, and for that reason it feels more like actual YA than the other books leading up to it. Cherokee, Raphael, Witch Baby, and Angel Juan are staying by themselves while their parents are away filming a movie, with Coyote as the
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, re-read
There are threads in here that are interesting - especially Cherokee’s growing awareness of how her body is viewed and sexualized by others. But it’s tough to read this kind of simplistic, white washed take on Native American spirituality and culture in 2018.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Punk rock.
Wow, this book was a trip. I've read the first three books in the series, but this one is the first one to foray into the YA field. The book still held the beautiful prose and magical realism of the previous two, but unlike those, this one explored more adult themes: sex, experimentation with drugs, growing up, growing apart, depression. Those are all themes that I normally love in a book, but for some reason, I felt that these dragged the book down and made it murky. Maybe when I do a re-read, ...more
Erika Worley
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance, fantasy
While I like Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby more, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys is an important part of the series, and has some of the best imagery. Its themes around purity and awakening and fame and love are all potent. While Weetzie Bat is about a woman who is always herself no matter what and Witch Baby is about a girl who will never exactly fit in anyway, Cherokee Bat gives a new perspective, as the central character is someone who has always been beautiful, cheerful, and loved. Her desire fo ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was mildly entertaining. Definitely not Francesca’s best work.

I’m not sure if it was just the Kindle version, but there were SO MANY typos. I mean, it felt like every other page had at least one. It was pretty distracting. Were they called the Goat Guys, or maybe the Coat Guys, or perhaps the Goal Guys... I guess I’ll never really be sure 🤷‍♀️
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this when I was younger ,I really enjoyed it.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book really shows how much the children have grown and experience being teens in LA. The characters have less of a fairytale view and it makes it easier to relate to them.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
It was really good for drug prevention.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
What a strange, dreamlike, fantastical world Block has created.
Dan Blackley
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Third book in series. This is about a rock band.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so odd?

I love the first one. But, for some reason, the magical realism in this feels more concrete and heavy-handed.

Also, descriptions of Cherokee brought to mind images of Sondra Lee as Princess Tiger Lily circa 1960. That might be a problem. (I blame 1992.)

Still, I was fascinated just with all of the weird objects that appear—hoof boots, floppy goat hair pants, girl named “Witch Baby” wallowing around in a muddy shed, etc. What a ride.
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys the story arc in the Dangerous Angels series continues. What started with Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby continues in this book with the kids now teenagers and the adults in the household all out of town filming a movie in South America. Naturally Cherokee, Witch Baby, Raphael Chong Jah-Love and soon even Angel Juan, who makes a reappearance, run into trouble.

In a lot of ways I think this book is the most distinctly YA novel in the series. It focuses on the younger
Julie Decker
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cherokee, Weetzie's teenage daughter, has formed a band called The Goat Guys. Her almost-sister, Witch Baby, is the drummer, and their boyfriends Raphael and Angel Juan play guitars. Cherokee's the singer and dancer. Their audiences love their energy, but then their parents go away on vacation and leave them to their own devices (with a family friend, Coyote, in the vicinity for adult supervision if needed). To help her sister out of a funk, Cherokee gives Witch Baby some wings to wear while she ...more
scout cook
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys is a book about a group of kids who live in Los Angeles in the late 80's early 90's(?). Their parents are away shooting a film, so they're basically all alone. They get bored, so they start up a band. They call themselves The Goat Guys. Their first gig is at a vampire-themed club, and during the first gig, their lead singer (Raphael) completely froze on stage. After this incident, Cherokee goes to ask a spiritual friend of the family if he had anything that could h

Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys is the third Weetzie Bat book, and I thought it was one of the best of the six. This one is told from Cherokee's point of view (she's Weetzie's daughter) and the plot revolves around a band that she forms with Witch Baby, Raphael, and Angel Juan. Maybe I connected with this one more because my hubby used to be in a band, and music is a big part of our life?

Just like Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys is written very lyrically. We really get
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sparkling, sharp edged, falling star. It travels you through feelings of awakening sexuality, teenage invincibility, and the shame and redemption of hurting yourself and the people you love.

While the parents go to South America to make a movie, Cherokee, Witch Baby, and Raphael Chong Jah-Love are left their own devices in the canyons of California. While they do have Coyote nearby to help watch over them, they are mostly on their own. Facing an age where everything feels 100x mor
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sff
This is the 3rd book in the Dangerous Angels series. This story focuses on the kids of the family, in particular Cherokee Bat. The last story, Witch Baby, had more voodoo inspired magic. In this, the magic is inspired by Native American spirits and stories. In the beginning, Cherokee sets out on a mission to help cheer up her younger sister, Witch Baby, who has locked herself in a shed for days. Cherokee gets the idea to make her sister a pair of wings from feathers she’s asked the birds to give ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I get to the end of every book in the Weetzie Bat series and think, "This is my favorite!". Until, of course, I get to the next one and then it's my favorite.

Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys is especially cool though because the infectious kids of the Weetzie second gen. circle form their own rock group. Rock, but with magical, primal elements that (to quote a phrase) "make the men hard and the women harder". Raquael and Angel Juan become local sexual icons. Cherokee and Witch Baby struggle to ho
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it
This is Cherokee's coming of age story, and I found it much stronger than the first two books. I have mixed feelings about the role of Coyote, and the way in which Cherokee fixes the problems she's created through his magic, but it does fit together into a fairly seamless whole, and while Coyote is a magical personal of colour, he's also depicted as a real human being who messes up in his job of taking care of the kids. Plus there are other non-white characters in both Raphael and Angel Juan, so ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mondo lovered dovered this book!!

Francesca Lia Block is an artist when it comes to words. She paints the most unique and beautiful backdrops just by using the english alphabet. LOVES LOVES LOVES!!

In this book the kids from "Weetzie Bat" (the first book in the series) are a bit more rock and roll. I would imagine in WITCH BABY (book 2) they were probably 12 or 13 and in this one they are pobably 16-17 (it never says).

It's a story of growing up followed by a tale of not wanting to let go of your y
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Block fans
Shelves: topic-music
Another whimsical and beautiful book by Block. I liked how this one was more symbolic than the others, with all of the Native American themes. I was worried with some of Block's earlier Weetzie books because it seemed like a lot of cultural appropriation, but with Coyote, this seemed like a really solemn and insightful novel on the kind of relationships we have with nature and with people of other cultures. All of the teenagers seemed to grow and learn in this Weetzie book, making it a touch mor ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I was rather disappointed in this one. It is true that it had all the same elements as the previous novels, but the editor caught literally no mistakes, or so it feels. I counted no less than 10 misspellings. Of important words, too. Like the band name within the title was spelled "The Coat Guys" twice and "The Goal Guys" and "back" was misspelled as "hack." One of the main character's names was misspelled, too. I don't know if that was Block's intent, but it isn't in her style to misspell words ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my least favorite in the collection when I was a teenager, and revisiting it, I would have to say it is still my least favorite. I can't connect with Cherokee at all, and now, as an adult, I see how problematic the native appropriation and representation is, not just with Cherokee but also with Coyote. Like, I think I know what she was trying to do here, but you know......I still love this book because I love the story and the characters and the poetic language and all the angst and of ...more
A.E. Shaw
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012

I am really coming to understand those who see these books as comfort blankets. They're truly something. The more I read, the more I smile and gasp and am so completely awed by the length of the imagination and the depth of thought going on, all the while amidst goat costumes and rocking out and the very normal things about being young and the incredibly abnormal, hang-on-my-teenage-sister-has-been-living-in-the-mud-for-a-week.

Brilliant, brilliant. And I'm glad I have more.
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book has some "slinkster-cool" stuff about it, but it lacked a bit of the creativity of it's predecessors and was more mature, wild and perhaps a tad disturbing at times. I prefer Witch Baby as a character to Cherokee, but I did like the realistic portrayal of the showbiz world, as well as the romance, drama, excitement and creativity, which Francesca Lia Block is always careful to include. Rock and roll is forever!!! :)
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, the third one, is about Cherokee Bat, Witch Baby, Raphael Chong Jah-Love, and Angel Juan Perez--also known as the rock band The Goat Guys. Because of gifts they receive from each other and from fans, the band changes, and get sucked into lots of experiences that almost take them under to the point that they can't escape. With their parents away on vacation and Coyote the only adviser, they have to pull themselves out before they drown.
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
hm. this one... not as good. it reminded me of twins, which i did not like, and other generic stories of how drugs and sex are bad. i've already started missing angel juan, but maybe i should take a break. ...more
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
My thoughts are a bit frenetic about this one...
Witch Baby and Cherokee were left alone and unsupervised and bad things happened...
They made bad choices because they were too young and irresponsible to be left alone...
Still interestingly quirky but it was my least favorite of all of the books in this series.

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Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Week ...more

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“At the next Goat Guys show, the band came on stage with their wings, their haunches, their horns. The audience swooned at their feet.

Cherokee spun and spun until she was dizzy, until she was not sure anymore if she or the stage was in motion.

Afterwards two girls in lingerie and over-the-knee leather boots offered a joint to Raphael and Angel Juan. All four of them were smoking backstage when Cherokee and Witch Baby came through the door.

Witch Baby went and wriggled onto Angel Juan's lap. He was wearing the horns and massaging his temples. His face looked constricted with pain until he inhaled the smoke from the joint.

"Are you okay?" Witch Baby asked.

"My head's killing me.”
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