Vincent Ventura and the Curse of the Weeping Woman/Vincent Ventura y la maldición de la Llorona

Piñata Bks. (Monster Fighter: Bk. 4). Oct. 2021. 128p. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781558859326.
Gr 4-7–Vincent Ventura, monster hunter, is back—and this time, a mysterious woman has suddenly moved into the spooky house on 666 Duende Street. When Vincent is woken by the sound of children playing outside in the middle of the night, he witnesses something alarming: the children are vanishing into thin air. To top it off, they’re joined by a ghostly woman the children call Mamá. When the mysterious new neighbor shows up as a substitute teacher at school, Vincent, his cousins Michelle and Bobby, and his friend Sayer decide to try to get to know her. Together with Vincent’s love interest and friend Zulema, the group of friends finds out more about Ms. Che and La Llorona. They are surprised to find that the truth behind the La Llorona myth is much more complicated than they imagined. The friends rally to help the spirit and her children fight the evil beings that are chasing them. This installment in the “Vincent Ventura” series is full of fun and surprises, with fast-paced chapters and a mystery that is sure to intrigue fans of Latin American folklore. The dual English and Spanish format makes this an excellent choice for youth bilingual and Spanish collections, and the bold artwork interspersed among the chapters is eye-catching and provides an intriguing close-up of the characters.
VERDICT Highly recommended for collections for youth and for readers of retellings, adventure, and fantasy.

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