Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Donkey Lady Fights La Llorona and Other Stories by Xavier Garza


Margarito is eleven years old now and he's way past believing in Grandpa Ventura's ghost stories, but he loves listening to them anyway. One evening on his way home from his grandfather's, Margarito finds himself alone in the gathering dusk, crossing a narrow bridge. Suddenly, a woman in white floats towards him and calls, “Come to me, child … come to me!” He frantically hides in the shallow river, but soon sees a pair of yellow, glowing eyes swimming towards him. Before long, the Donkey Lady and La Llorona are circling each other, fighting to claim poor Margarito as their next victim! 

Popular storyteller Xavier Garza returns with another collection of eerie tales full of creepy creatures from Mexican-American lore. There are duendes, bald, green-skinned brutes with sharp teeth; thunderbirds, giant pterodactyl-like things that discharge electricity from their wings during thunderstorms; and blood-sucking beasts that drain every single drop of blood from their victims' bodies! 

Set in contemporary times, Garza's young protagonists deal with much more than just the supernatural: there are chupacabras and drug dealers, witches and bullies, a jealous cousin and the devil. 

Accompanied by the author's dramatic black and white illustrations, the short, blood-curdling stories in this bilingual collection for ages 8 — 12 are sure to bewitch a whole new generation of young people.

REVIEW BY: Angel, age 12 years, 1 day until 13!


This book was unique, cheesy and scary. 

My favorite character is the grandpa because he is hilarious and great at storytelling! My favorite part is when grandpa tells stories. 

I recommend this book to those that love cheesy, scary novels that make you want to read them over and over again. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 and up. 

This book was published on October 31, 2015.