DO YOU KNOW THE CUCUY?/¿CONCOCES AL CUCUY? by Claudia Galindo

DO YOU KNOW THE CUCUY?/¿CONCOCES AL CUCUY?

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: May 31st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-55885-492-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2008