Ugly Cat & Pablo

illus. by Tom Knight. 112p. Scholastic. May 2017. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780545940931.
Gr 2–4—Pablo has adventure in his bones, and he knows the best way to motivate his lazy best friend, Ugly Cat, is through his stomach. Pablo convinces Ugly Cat to vámonos al parque because there is sure to be adventure and food there. They hatch a plan to scare a little girl and an ice-cream man in order to get some treats, but the best laid plans often go awry, especially when friends are thinking with their stomachs and not their hearts. In this tale of the push-and-pull of friendship, Spanish and English words are intermixed; enough context is given that those who do not read Spanish should easily understand the text. Knight's outstanding illustrations add humor and give real personality to all of the neighborhood characters. In the text, the characters are each given a distinct font for their dialogue.
VERDICT A funny new series that will find an audience with fans of Nick Bruel's "Bad Kitty" and Megan McDonald's "Stink."

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