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Book Review
Jose B. Gonzalez

The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones/El Coco me robó los cascarones

by Spelile Rivas, Illustrated by Valeria Cervantes


This holiday season, The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones/El Coco me robó los cascarones should be wrapped up as a gift for children who enjoy mildly spooky but humorous ghost stories. 

Illustrated by Valeria Cervantes and written by Spelile Rivas, the same pair who brought us the award-winning book, No Time for Monsters, this new work is a delightful tale about Roberto, a little boy who is convinced that the Cucuy/El Coco has stolen his cascarones as well as many of the items and foods intended for his birthday party.

Valeria Cervantes does a spectacular job yet again with the illustrations.  The little “monsters” that fill the pages are appealing and have a look of innocence.  They follow Roberto around and appear as his allies as they “follow” him in his adventure.  He tries to get answers as to missing items’ whereabouts from individuals such as the baker and Señora Zamora, but the reader isn’t quite sure whether they are part of the plot or if they are trying to help Roberto.  By the end, Roberto proves that he is indeed brave, and his birthday party can begin. 

Nor surprisingly, this book was published under Arte Publico’s Piñata imprint, which has a reputation for finding the best talent for bilingual children’s books.  In The Cucuy Stole my Cascarones/El Cocó me robo los cascarones, Rivas and Cervantes show us that indeed, they know how to appeal to the imagination of young children.   



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