The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra – Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Ana Aranda

      The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra – Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Ana Aranda, Nancy Paulsen Books, (9780399174438), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Three goats decide to confront their nemesis the legendary goat-eating chupacabra before it eats them for breakfast.  The goats named Jayna, Bumsie and Pep each have distinct personalities with the smallest, Jayna, being the smartest as well as the bravest.  The three set off with a candelabra to light the way and are soon set upon by the chupacabra who swallows the candelabra, his third-most favorite thing to eat.  The goats discover the chupacabra’s second-most favorite thing to eat is cucaraches, while his most favorite thing to eat is, of course, goat….cheese!  This is good news: Jayna said, “‘You’ll have so much goat cheese, you’ll never be hungry.’ ‘But I’m always hungry,’ the chupacabra said. ‘So I’ll eat anything.’ Bumsie’s relief was brief, ‘D-does that include…anyone?’ ‘Not friends, of course! Just everything else. The whole chimichanga.’ ‘You mean ‘the whole enchilada’?’ Pep said. ‘That too,’ the chupacabra said.”  The illustrations of the goats in bright pinks and oranges and the bright purple-colored chupacabra stand out well against the night-time background of the pages.  The folk art style of the illustration fits well with this Spanish folktale. Readers may need some of the Spanish terms explained, but most are decipherable in the pictures.   A fun twist on the classic Three Billy Goats Gruff.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a perfect story for children who want a not too scary story.  A nice choice for readers interested in folktales and mythical creatures from other cultures.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/22/17             

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