Cherokee Bat and 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 🤷♀️
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.
In a lot of ways I think this book is the most distinctly YA novel in the series. It focuses on the younger ...more
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...more
Just like Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys is written very lyrically. We really get ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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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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.”