Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Los Gatos Black on Halloween

If you're a fan of Yuyi Morales author/ illustrator of Little Night, you may like Los Gatos Black on Halloween written by Marisa Montes and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. This rhyming Halloween book includes recognizable Spanish words scattered throughout the poem.

I think older children will appreciate this book as some of the illustrations are quite scary (no blood and guts but lots of skeletons and creepy zombies.) My little ones didn't want to read it more than once. Nevertheless, Yuyi's illustrations are splendidly scary and her palette is deep, rich and velvety. Mexican cultural heritage is depicted by glorious esqueletos in traditional dress. So this book is a crossover to both U.S. Halloween and Dias de los Muertos traditions.

Kim and our mom dipped into the archives to find this '70's Halloween Photo. Yes Kim, it proves you were a cute witch. And do you think those costumes are a little too puritan for kids today?


  1. Your costume is Very "puritan." You're right, the times have changed. I don't think I'll see any pilgrims trick-or-treating on my block this year.
    Love that 70's wallpaper Mom!

  2. Loved this photo! All so cute!
    Take care,

  3. Hi Maria! How are you all? I'm going to visit your blog right now : )


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