A fresh, funny take on the Day of the Dead that's packed with kid appeal
Every skeleton in the Land of the Dead is excited to celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Living. But not Angelito. His big sister has told him all about their horrifying bulgy eyes and squishy skin. So when Angelito is separated from his family in the Land of the Living, he's petrified--until he makes a new friend who is just as terrified of THEM as Angelito is. Then his new buddy turns out to be (gulp!) a living boy! Angelito runs as fast as his bony feet can carry him. Fortunately the traditions of the Day of the Dead reunite the two boys, just in time for some holiday fun.
Full of wild Tim Burton-esque art, this clever tale is sure to become un libro favorito for the Day of the Dead, Halloween season, and beyond.
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P. J. Bracegirdle lives in Montreal, Canada.
Poly Bernatene lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Gr 1-2-As in the household of the Addams family, the Dead Familia Diaz consider themselves average. It is the Living that are feared, especially by little Angelito, who must walk among them to celebrate their closeness on The Day of the Dead. Drawing a contrast between the holiday and Halloween, Angelito's father discounts his son's fears as the family prepares to join others in celebration. It doesn't take long before the boy's fears return when he becomes separated in the crowd and unknowingly befriends one of Them-a live boy! The subsequent graveyard celebration brings families together and reunites the two, while Angelito discovers he doesn't "need guts to be brave." As an introduction to El Dia de los Muertos, this title presents the happiness of the gathering with fond remembrances of friends and family who have passed on. Graphic cartoon art in bright jewel tones, the colors of the holiday, and contrasts of light and dark set the mood for an unusual juxtaposition of living and dead families. The cartooning of the Dead is fairly tame, but parents of the very young should be aware of the eerie deep-set eyes and grinning skulls. The author makes the most of plays on words as a "bone-tired" Angelito heads to bed. As a companion or contrast to Halloween books, this title is recommended as a general purchase for all libraries with demand for holiday titles with a Mexican flair.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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