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Los Gatos Black on Halloween

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,063 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party

Under October's luna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren't even there yet!

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Henry Holt and Company
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Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Chandra--thank you!
Why is it that Halloween is such an "over and done with" holiday the moment November 1st rolls around??? This came late to the library and seemed SO passé, but I was compelled by Chandra's glowing review to read it NOW rather than wait another 362 days. I'm glad I did. This is definitely a "treat" in the Halloween picture book category. The rhyme flows effortlessly and enjoyably, the Spanish words are easy to "interpret" even without the glossary and serve to enhance the flavor of the story with ...more
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa (not getting friends updates) by: Chandra and Kathryn
Oh, I just loved this book. Thank you Chandra and Kathryn for your reviews; they inspired me to read this, and just a week and a half past Halloween.

This book is seriously scary and might be too frightening for some young children, but it is so entertaining.

I was thrilled that with my limited Spanish I understood all the Spanish words in this book. (There is a Spanish-English glossary in the back of the book if the reader isn’t able to understand all the Spanish words.)

The story, told as a poem,
Rose Alexander
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful artwork always by Yuyi Morales
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yuyi Morales Fans / Readers Looking for Halloween Books with Latino Themes
Told in rhyming couplets, this deliciously creepy Halloween picture-book also incorporates a healthy dose of Spanish words (as seen in the title itself) into the narrative, making it something quite unique, when it comes to holiday fare for younger readers. "Los gatos black" slink and creep, "Las brujas" fly before the moon, and "Los muertos" rise from their graves, all converging upon a haunted mansion for a Halloween celebration. But when the truly frightening ones - "Los Niños" - appear, the ...more
Such a cool book for Halloween! The poetic verse blend English and Spanish words together (with a glossary of Spanish translation in the back) and the pictures are absolutely amazing. Although it gets a little scary when all the dead things wake up, the ending is a funny and fearless one for children. Great for use with K-2, especially in bilingual classrooms where students may enjoy seeing familiar Spanish words blended with newer English words.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What a clever way to introduce Spanish words for Halloween! I loved the illustrations, especially the little black cat that appears in every picture except the ones inside the mansion. In one picture there's even a little skeleton kitten. This is a great book for giving an Hispanic flavor to the October holiday. ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Per Miss Maley's First graders: I loved it! It rhymes. It's very awesome. She's a great writer. She is funny in the books. It was fantastic. It was inspiring because of the illustrations were so good. It was scary. It was very terrifying. ...more
Faith Tydings
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spanish-fun
I absolutely love this book and it’s a great addition to adding a little Spanish vocabulary into your Halloween fun.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: halloween
Unpleasant illustrations and Spanglish.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Roberta Decenzo
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute children’s book! The poem and story is gripping and the imagery beautiful! Learning the Spanish names of key Halloween words was an added treat and trying to find the little black kitten in each scene made the reading experience very fun! There is also a glossary in the back that lists all the Spanish words used in the book in both plural and singular form and includes their interpretation and a guide on how to pronounce them.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very fun Halloween story. Great for Spanish speakers. Used it with a kid who doesn’t speak much. He copied the sounds.
May 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Halloween is my favorite holiday and now it has a new tradition: a book to be read on October 31, and throughout the year.
"Los Gatos Black on Halloween" is as rich and delicious as a slice of pumpkin pie. All the creepy creatures from the other world are gathering for their yearly bash at the local haunted house. Ghosts and Ghouls, Witches and Vamps, dance and cavort until the scariest monsters of all come trick-or-treating at the door. Marisa Montes' rhyming text is spot on.
And Yuyi Morales'
Perfect for those children who are looking for a slightly creepy possibly a little scary book. Montes uses rhyming text to speak about the creepy monsters and things that may be about on Halloween. Yuyi Morales helps tell the tale with fantastic illustrations that are slightly creepy, but not too frightening for the young readers. There are Spanish words sprinkled throughout, but the text always provides plenty of support for those readers unfamiliar with the vocabulary if the illustrations aren ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Ahhh great Halloween book! Just creepy enough for my Halloween-loving preschooler. But he doesn’t actually get scared of witches and ghosts and skeletons. He thinks they’re great. Great rhyming too.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So delightfully spooky and atmospheric! Love it!
Kandrea Cheney
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I love the flow of this little poetry picture book about Halloween. It is a great way to incorporate Spanish and English, making this title good for ESL students. The story is just creepy enough to give a little chill! Lots of good figurative language too.
A splendid spooky wicked blend of Halloween and the Day of the Dead in this bilingual rhyming poem of monsters enjoying a midnight ball. But when a rap comes to their door they are confronted by the scariest monsters of all.
Carly Brown
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a student studying elementary education and Spanish, it was so great to see two interests combine! In this novel, Marisa Montes writes a story about Halloween while incorporating and teaching children many Spanish words. My first thought about this book is that it would be great to read with ESL students, those whose first language is Spanish, as it would introduce them to many new English words while also including words in Spanish that they are already familiar with. In addition to this, th ...more
Miss Ryoko
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I listened to the book on cd for this one - it was fantastic! I loved the music and sound effects. The book is neat!
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I adore Yuyi Morales's work and so thought this would be a great book to read around Halloween and Day of the Dead. It was! It turned out to be a little too spooky for Berry (not yet two), though she was fascinated/unsettled by the skeletons. I loved that the author included the Spanish words, as well as the English equivalents so that people could figure out what the words meant without the provided glossary. I'll definitely be reading this one again for future Halloweens! ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Los Gatos Black on Halloween is the perfect Halloween picture book. It has witches, skeletons, vampires, and monsters. The illustrations are dark, beautiful, and charming. The text is fun and rhymes. Oh yeah, and it helps teach readers Spanish in a clever way! It's just fantastic. There's a fun story about all of the Halloween creatures getting together to have a spooky Halloween dance, until something even scarier interrupts them. The book is great to read aloud because of the rhyming and meter ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book! Fun to read with a spooky cadence, lots to learn, and wonderful illustrations!
N_patricia Brunner
Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a multicultural picture book that I read and also listened to in NON-PRINT, CD. The audio was amazing! The author read the book with a rhythmic spooky cadence that was mesmerizing and hauntingly scary!

This Halloween bilingual story won the 2008 Pura Belpra Award, the 2008 American Library Association Notable Book for Children Award and the 2007 American Library Association Notable Books for Children Award.

Marissa Montez and Yuyi Morales have created an amazing f
Maribel Galvez
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: Upper Elementary (3-5)
Reading level: 3.2 (Lexile N/A)
Genre: Poetry, Multicultural

Main Characters: Various (black cats, vampires, witches, skeletons, phantoms, zombies, mummies, corpses, werewolves)
Setting: Cemetery, Haunted Mansion
POV: Unnamed Narrator

On Halloween, the creatures of the night decide to come together and throw party. Black cats with glowing yellow eyes slink along streets and alleyways, while witches ride their broomsticks through the air. The dead rise
In Los Gatos Black on Halloween, Marisa Montes and Yuyi Morales have created an amazing fusion of words and pictures. Montes’ clever bilingual rhymes bounce through an assortment of creepy creatures and eerie happenings, as Morales paints clever and funny images into her truly dark and scary monsters. The chilling zombie child with glowing eyes is a little less frightening when you see the smiley face on his T-shirt, and the toothy wolfman peering nearsightedly through his glasses is almost lov ...more
Christian Wallace
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction- I thought this book was very informative and provided a great opportunity for students to be exposed to multiculturalism at a young age. The story and characters is not where this book shines. This book has an advantage over other books in that it serves a purpose of being presented around halloween. The language is great, examples include the text being presented in Spanish at some points (particularly nouns).

Purposes: The purpose would definitely be to read aloud at a time
I would not recommend this book to young children probably in Kindergarten. Even though it is make-believe, some of the images might seem frightening to the young ones. I loved how the book was in the form of a poem, with rhyming words at the end of each stanza. I also enjoyed how the author used Spanish words throughout the book, and put the English translation following after it. However, sometimes it seemed like she would not always put the English word after she used a Spanish word, and inst ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
For teachers, Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a perfect book to read aloud to set the mood around Halloween time. Yuyi Morales’ illustrations are gorgeous and genuinely creepy. Children will have plenty to notice on each page. The sing-song, rhyming text makes it a great opportunity for a fun, engaging read-aloud. It also blends languages, with most text in English and key Halloween-themed Spanish words (los gatos, los esqueletos, etc.) sprinkled in. Children who aren’t Spanish speakers can lear ...more
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