Books by John Pluecker

DO YOU KNOW THE CUCUY?/¿CONCOCES AL CUCUY? by Claudia Galindo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2008

In an attempt to allay children's fears of the Cucuy, Galindo gives the bogeyman of Latin American lore a makeover. Told by her Papo that the Cucuy is a monster who takes misbehaving children away, the young protagonist's fears dissipate when she meets the real Cucuy, a "cute," fuzzy blue creature whose "socks never match." The two proceed to have a play date: skipping rope, climbing trees, dancing and indulging in candy and corn. Despite the life-like rendering and attention to perspective in Coombs's illustrations, the realism diminishes Cucuy's appeal as a playful, mythological creature. The sparse design also lacks compositional depth and cultural weight. Readers who enjoy the thrill of a harrowing tale will be disappointed to find such a sugary-sweet Cucuy in this bilingual story. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >