Chato and the Party Animals: Gary Soto

Chato and the Party Animals

Author: Gary Soto
Illustrator: Susan Guevara
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Year: 2004
Brief Summary: Chato loves to party but not his best friend Novio Boy.  When Chato decides to throw Novio Boy a birthday party, he remembers all the details except for the most important one of all — inviting his friend!
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Pura Belpre Award, 2002′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Illustration’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 13th Edition, 2002 ; National Council of Teachers of English
Notable Children’s Books, 2001 ; ALSC American Library Association
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, July 2000 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss Spanish words used throughout the book.
  • What are some things Chato does to get ready for the party?  Imagine you’re planning a party or a surprise for someone.  What are some of the things you need to put on your to-do list?  Write out your to-do list.  What are some other kinds of lists that we make on a daily basis?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. — glossary of Spanish terms that appear in the book;

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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