Marissa's Books & Gifts
Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Halloween and the Day of the Dead overlap in this atmospheric, bilingual romp. Montes (Juan Bobo Goes to Work) composes serviceable stanzas, using English and Spanish words as synonyms: Los gatos black with eyes of green,/ Cats slink and creep on Halloween. This dual-language approach can be redundant (At medianoche midnight strikes...), yet Morales (Harvesting Hope) holds readers' attention with surreal, faintly macabre spreads in dim turquoise and clay-brown hues, illuminated by fuschia and flame orange. Witches fly broomsticks like skateboard whizzes, a headstone references Mexican comic Cantinflas and sallow-faced muertos dance until children arrive: The thing that monsters most abhor/ Are human ninos at the door! Ages 4-8.