El Cucuy: A Bogeyman Cuento /El Cucuy: A Bogeyman Tale

  • Title:El Cucuy: A Bogeyman Cuento /El Cucuy: A Bogeyman Tale (Paperback)
  • Author:Joe Hayes
  • Publication Date:September 2003
  • Grade Level:1-2
  • ISBN:9780938317784
  • Publisher:Cinco Puntos Press

Everyone hears at least one teasing reference to the "bogeyman" when they're growing up, but not everyone knows him by name. In the Southwest and much of Mexico, he's known as el Cucuy. (Pronounce it coo-COO-ee: draw the second syllable out like the hoot of a lonely night bird.)

With his humped back and his big red ear, el Cucuy was once a standard part of child rearing. Many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans will tell you, "I grew up with el Cucuy." And there are plenty of stories of lazy, disobedient children whose feet were set back on the straight and narrow path by an encounter with this ogre.

Although today's parents no longer think it appropriate to rely on threats of calling the local bogeyman to come and carry their children away, the young still delight in tales of bad boys and girls, ones who are much worse than they are, getting the good scare they deserve from el Cucuy. Of course the best tales, like this one, always have a happy ending.

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