The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra — 18 Comments

  1. This was a goofy tongue twister book. If read aloud, it will make kids laugh when the reader gets tongue tied. The little bit of Spanish was a little weird in my opinion. If all three goats exclaim “Ay, caramba” at the same time, I would think they would speak a little more Spanish throughout the book. The suspense builds for the reader hoping that the goats will find the chupacabra something other than goats and I laughed at the end because goat cheese didn’t occur to me until I read it on the next page. I think kids would enjoy the book.

  2. I have heard the word Chupacabra about ten times in the last year, considering I had never heard it before, that was interesting. I am not sure how I could use it? Maybe it could be a kids read book when we talk about Ancient Mexico? I didn’t enjoy the story nor the illustrations. I see that some really enjoyed it, but I can’t say that I did. *

  3. When I completed this story…I went first to research the author. I was looking for more of a background as to ‘why’ he wrote the story, ‘what’ sparked the topic/conversations/vocabulary..and I was at a loss. Next I went to the illustrators info..and that explained the amazing colors-and journey the book took me on.

    ‘Ana’s US debut picture book The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra (written by Marc Tyler Nobleman, Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin) was released March 2017. She is currently working on her second picture book and a picture book that she both writes and illustrates.

    Her biggest inspirations are her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music. Her work focuses on transforming the every day into fantastical situations, and often include images from nature and whimsical creatures.’

  4. I think this book would really come alive with a great reader using dramatic voices and well-placed pauses. That said – while it was a fun play on words with Chupacabra and Candelabra and chimichanga and such, I wanted it to be better. It just fell a little flat. The bright colored illustrations were appealing, however, and I liked the twist at the end. Three stars.

  5. This wasn’t my favorite book, but I believe children would get a giggle out of it, if it was done right. It certainly has some silly, colorful illustrations and words! I might recommend it to our Spanish teacher to read around Halloween. I like the suggestion that there are great text links to The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I also like that someone read it to the kids, and they loved it! 3 Stars

    • I am not sure how to edit what I wrote, but you might wonder, What does she mean by, “if it was done right?” What I meant was this: “This wasn’t my favorite book, but I believe children would get a giggle out of it, if it was read to the students with a lot of expression, and time provided to show the pictures.”

  6. I wasn’t a big fan of this book. I didn’t find the illustrations eye pleasing. Neither did I get much into the storyline. I would not use this book in my classroom. I rate it at a 2.

  7. I smI found this book to be a delightful story that had me thinking of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The tone was light…even funny. Most of the humor would go over many children’s heads. I would use this book as a text to text connection with other Gruff books. One might also use it as a mentor text for questioning.

    I rate this 4 stars.

  8. While I do appreciate the idea that the three little goats try and take charge of a situation they don’t like (the threat of being eaten), by trying to scare off the chupacabra before it decides to eat them, this story was too disjointed. There are so many fantastic stories written by master authors, that this one falls flat for me in comparison. There wasn’t anything in particular that made the three goats especially endearing, or the chupacabra especially villainous (he’s reading a book in one illustration, actually). I think that it might have helped if there was some information included that explained that the chupacabra is a mythical creature from central american folklore. There could be a lesson hear in not believing every rumor you hear, I guess….but that’s grasping at instructional usage straws.
    The illustrations are this book’s best feature, in my opinion.
    1 star

  9. I really didn’t care for this book. The story wasn’t interesting and will be a book no one remembers. However, I did like the illustrations and found the colorful pages of the characters the best part.

  10. Simply, I didn’t like this book. The illustrations weren’t very interesting to me either. I understand that a Chupacabra is a mythical creature that supposedly ate goats. Not one I would have in my library. *

  11. Sometimes I wonder how a book got published; this is one of those books. I didn’t really understand it and don’t really see it as a teachable tool. I could see children picking it up because of the colorful cover and possibly having fun with the story. It would be OK in the school library, but not necessary.

  12. This story confused me a bit at first. (PS I too was wondering about the correct punctuation of chupacabra!) When I re-read it and reflected on it, I found myself liking it more and more. I like the Spanish rhymes. I liked that it reminded me a lot of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff. We do a unit on Fables and Folktales. I could see adding this to that unit, especially as I have so many Spanish speaking children in my classroom. So while it is a bit strange to me, I think it may very well appeal to my students and will be something I consider for that time of the year.

  13. My kids laughed throughout the entire book. They were hooked on the illustrations and story line. This would be a great book to use during a lesson on predicting. I give this book a 5 star rating.

  14. I wasn’t a big fan of this book. First of all, I couldn’t decide how I wanted to pronounce “Chupacabra.” Ha! But seriously, I just didn’t care for the story. It seemed a bit odd to me. I don’t think I’ll use this in my classroom.
    2/3 stars

  15. I really liked this book. It was funny and has a fun story and the colors are bright and happy. I would definitely use this for a read aloud. As for curriculum use or program use, it would be perfect during a unit on or a review of folklore. I think youth would like this book for pleasure reading as well. 5/5 stars

  16. I liked this book. It was a silly story and reminded me of The Three Little Pigs. I really think kids would love the story line and mystery of what the Chupacabra eats. I do not feel like this would be a book I could use for curriculum. I would leave it out for students to use for free reading.
    I rate this 3 stars.

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