Chato's Kitchen, Part 1995

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Putnam's, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Gary Soto introduces Chato, the coolest, low-riding cat this side of East LA. Chato and his best buddy Novio Boy are cooking up a feast to serve with their new neighbors, a family of five plump mice--who have no idea they are to be the main course at their own housewarming party. Luckily, the mice are bringing their own guest to the party. Full-color illustrations.

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I have mixed feelings about this book. One reason I like this book is the illustrations. The illustrations are very colorful and exaggerate what is going on in the text. These types of illustrations ... Read full review

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This book is colorfully illustrated and the language is a mix of some Spanish and English. It is written in an informal tone. A clever cat believe his inviting his new neighbors over as dinner. He ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Gary Soto was born April 12, 1952, and raised in Fresno California. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Fresno City College, graduating in 1974 with an English degree. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including The Nation, Plouqhshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario Review and Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in Poets in Person. He is one of the youngest poets to appear in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Soto has received the Discovery-The Nation Prize, the U.S. Award of the International Poetry Forum, The California Library Association's John and Patricia Beatty Award twice, a Recogniton of Merit from the Claremont Graduate School for Baseball in April, the Silver Medal from The Commonwealth Club of California, and the Tomás Rivera Prize, in addition to fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts twice, and the California Arts Council. For ITVS, he produced the film The Pool Party, which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal. Soto wrote the libretto for an opera titled Nerd-landia for the The Los Angeles Opera. In 1999 he received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes. He serves as Young People's Ambassador for the California Rural Legal Assistance and the United Farm Workers of America. Soto is the author of ten poetry collections for adults, with New and Selected Poems a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His recollections Living Up the Street received a Before Columbus Foundation 1985 American Book Award.

Susan Guevara is the two-time winner of the Pura Belpre Award for Illustration for Chato s Kitchen and Chato and the Party Animals. About Chato s Kitchen, School Library Journal said, Guevara s striking illustrations enrich the text with delightful, witty details. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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