Chato’s Kitchen

© Susan Guevara-

Chato's Kitchen, Susan Guevara, Gary Soto, childrens' picture books

Chato’s Kitchen by Gary Soto, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1995

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Chato, the coolest cat in East L.A. and his buddy, Novio Boy, prepare to serve up a special housewarming party for their new neighbors, a family of mice, in which their guests are also the main course, but the mice bring along their own guest, Chorizo, the toughest dog in the barrio.

New York Public Library Top 100 Books of the Last 100 Years, 2014

Tomas Rivera Award, 1996

Pura Belpre Award, 1995

American Library Association Notable Book, 1995

Americas Award for Children’s & Young Adult Literature Honorable Mention, 1995

Children’s Book Council “Childrens’ Books Mean Business”, 1997

Certificate of Excellence Parenting Magazine Award, 1995

Child Study Childrens’ Book Committee Book of the Year, 1995

Parent’s Choice Honor Award, 1995

Book Links “Few Good Books of the Year”, 1995

“Guevara’s swarming, luxuriant illustrations give the atmosphere palpability, with brushstrokes so fresh readers will want to stick their fingers in the paint to feel its texture. …the artist mixes the sinisterness of R. Crumb with moments of Edvard Munch terror…Smart with a nice edge. Soto’s inspired finger-snapping prose has found an equally imaginative comrade in Guevara’s colorful urban paintings.”–(Starred) Kirkus