El Cucuy

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Pub Date: 09/01/2003

Pages: 40

Trim: 8 x 10

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

Imprint: Cinco Puntos Press

ISBN 13: 9780938317784

ISBN 10: 0938317784

Price: / $10.99 CAN$7.95

Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic

El Cucuy

By Joe Hayes, Honorio Robledo

Price: $7.95

About the Book

So, you’ve been in trouble. Your -parents tell you they’re calling the bogeyman. You laugh. There’s no such thing!

Then—you hear a sharp knock. Standing at the door is the oldest man you have ever seen. It’s el Cucuy (coo-COO-ee)! With that big red ear, he hears everything!

In this cautionary tale, storyteller Joe Hayes tells about two girls who didn’t believe in el Cucuy until he snatched them up. Of course, the story has a happy ending.

Joe Hayes has become one of America’s premier bilingual storytellers. Hayes lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Illustrator Honorio Robledo grew up in Veracruz and Chiapas, Mexico. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Book

Listen to your parents or el Cucuy --The Bogeyman-- might get you!


Joe Hayes: Joe Hayes is the author of over twenty books for children and young adults. His writing style is storytelling-tested and has its roots in the oral traditions of the American Southwest. Each summer, he delights children and adults alike with his summertime storytelling performances at Santa Fe’s Wheelwright Museum. The rest of the year finds him speaking to thousands of readers around the United States at schools, libraries, and conferences. His book Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma won the Texas Bluebonnet Award in 2007. Dance, Nana, Dance / Baila, Nana, Baila, his collection of folktales from Cuba, won the Aesop Prize in 2009. The New Mexico Library Association named Joe the Centennial Storyteller in 2010, a storyteller so good he only comes around once every 100 years!

Antonio Castro L.: Antonio Castro Lopez (L.) was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in the Juarez-El Paso area for most of his life. He has illustrated dozens of childrens’ books including Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House), Pajaro Verde, The Treasure on Gold Street, The Day It Snowed Tortillas and The Gum-Chewing Rattler (Cinco Puntos Press).
In 2005, the government of the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, commissioned Antonio to paint a mural for the government palace. The mural commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Tomochic.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Texas, Mexico City, Spain and Italy.

HONORIO ROBLEDO grew up in small villages in the southwestern states of Mexico. In the evenings, his family would gather around the tlecuil—a Mexican-style wood burning stove. Thanks to the stories told there by his elders, the night came alive with mystery, magic and supernatural wonders.
People woke up early to work the land. In the afternoon, they would take out their musical instruments and form improvisational groups in beauty salons, in workshops, on street corners and cafes—just about everywhere. Music filled the air and was a very important part of the life of the village. This is the world that Honorio recreates in his art.
Honorio’s work is influenced by Surrealists such as Chirico and Dali. He especially loves the native painters of Veracruz who used color to show all the riches of that region, and by the school of Oaxaquen painters such as Toledo and Taymayo whose work is about color and magic.
Honorio lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Luanna and his two children. In addition to his work as a fine artist, Honorio has also worked for many years as a comic strip artist for La Opinion, the country’s largest Spanish language newspaper.