Chato and the Party Animals

Illustrated by Susan Guevara. Written by Gary Soto. (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2000)



Guevara's larger than life, mural-like images translate and extend Soto's barrio story with vitality, color and social commentary. Discovering that his best friend, Novio Boy, has never had a birthday party, Chato the Cat plans a surprise pachanga. Everything is set except that Chato forgets to invite the guest of honor. Sly humor and Latino symbolism abound in these innovative, acrylic-on-scratchboard illustrations.

According to committee chair Dr. Eliza T. Dresang, Guevara's vivacious, distinctive artistic style creates a culturally authentic picture book with immense child appeal.

Awards Won

Title Year
Belpré Medal image Pura Belpré Award
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
2002 - Winner(s)