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Publisher's Summary

Chato can't believe his luck. Not only is he the coolest low-riding cat in East L.A., but his brand-new neighbors are the plumpest, juiciest, tastiest-looking family of mice to move into the barrio in a long time. So Chato and his best friend, Novio Boy, get out the pots and pans, the tortillas and the beans - everything you'd need for a welcoming feast, except for the main dish, and the guests of honor. Of course, in Chato's mind they are one and the same thing.

But the mice are bringing a surprise guest of their own, who may be more than a cool cat can swallow.

©1995 Gary Soto (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

Winner of the Pura Belpre Award for Illustration

An ALA Notable Book

A Parents' Choice Award Winner

"A really cool book.... Soto adeptly captures the flavor of life in el barrio in this amusing tale. Guevara's striking illustrations enrich the text with delightful, witty details." (School Library Journal, starred review) 

"Fresh and satisfying.... Distinctly seasoned with the sights and sounds of East Los Angeles; the sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases adds the perfect flavor." (Horn Book

"Wickedly funny.... Guevara's cats are delicious send-ups of barrio characters, and Soto's words glisten with wit. Salud to this magical pairing of talents." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

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