Los Gatos Black on Halloween

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Close your eyes and listen to the spooky opening to
Los Gatos Black on Halloween:



Los Gatos Black on Halloween
By Marisa Montes
Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Book Published by Square Fish
ISBN-13: 9781250079459

Audiobook Published by Weston Woods Studios
Narrated by Maria Conchita Alonso
Music by Otmaro Ruiz

Age Range: 4 – 8 Years

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!  This lively bilingual Halloween poem introduces young readers to a spooky array of Spanish words that will open their ojos to the chilling delights of the season.

Los Gatos Black on Halloween is a 2007 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year, the winner of the 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration and a Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative.

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Yuyi Morales is an author and illustrator of many notable and award winning children’s books. Some of her most famous books include Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale, Little Night, and Viva Frida.  Born in Mexico and raised among giant grandmothers, mossy house walls, and rampaging feral gardens, Yuyi Morales fostered a strong bond with the magical stories that ran in her family. Since having immigrated to the USA in 1994, she has drawn from her family’s legacy and her heritage to create some of the most celebrated Latino works for children’s books.  Asked about her work Yuyi says, “I strive to capture the incredible beauty of the every day forms using textures and colors as another way to reveal the heart of the story. I also pursue glow and luminosity with resolve. If I could ask for a talent, it would be to become a color genius.”
montes_marisa_lgMarisa Montes was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved several times with her family throughout the rest of her childhood. Literature made quite an impact on her, because as she explains, “Books are now my life.”

Montes was educated at University of California – Santa Cruz and then continued on in law school at University of California – Hastings College of Law. Her diverse background has enabled her to write in a variety of genres and in several languages. She has written two mystery novels, Something Wicked’s In Those Woods and A Circle of Time and two picture books, Juan Bobo Goes To Work and Egg-Napped! Her books have won several awards, including the 2003 WILLA Literary Award.  Marisa Montes currently lives in Northern California with her husband David.