Summary: A retelling of the story of two sisters who do not obey their father
and are carried off into the mountains by El Cucuy (Verso 2001).
Type: beast - because it has a "giant" beast
Characters: The main characters are three sisters, papa, el cucuy,
and a boy. These characters are two-three dimensional, well-rounded, and almost realistic. They have depth that
gives the illustrations that almost realistic look.
Setting: There is no specific time and place mentioned in this story, but
because of the "hispanic" looking houses, mountains in the background, and the colors, red, green, and white, the reader can
tell it is set in Mexico. It does tell us "in many mountain villages (Hayes 4), so this text, along with the pictures
of mountains, we know it takes place in a village next to the mountains. The only reference to time is on the last page
it says "even today if you go to that town" and the author says "those are the great-great grandchildren of two girls who
were carried away by el Cucuy once a long, long time ago" (Hayes 31).
Plot: Even though this story is about the bogeyman, it had a feel in the beginning
of Cinderella. The father was raising the children, and the two older girls always made the younger girl work harder.
A father of three calls el cucuy (the bogeyman) to come get his two older daughters because they are being mean to their younger
sister. El Cucuy comes at night to take the girls away to his cave in the mountains. The father searches day and
night for his daughters and finally finds them as they come down the mountain after being rescued by a boy. They begged
their father to not call el cucuy ever again and he did not have to because they were very well behaved from that time on.
Theme: Be nice or else...