The Dead Family Diaz

By P. J. Bracegirdle; Poly Bernatene (Illustrator)
(Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803733268, 1pp.)

Publication Date: August 2, 2012

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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 Dia 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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Praise For The Dead Family Diaz

"Revels in the bright colors and general hullabaloo of the Mexican Day of the Dead festival ...a humorous moral tale."
-Publishers Weekly

"Bracegirdle crafts a colorful story about facing fears and accepting differences while seamlessly integrating Spanish words and phrases and information about the [Day of the Dead] holiday's traditions."
-Kirkus Reviews

"A colorful story about facing fears and accepting differences...lush and vibrantly hued...The ending satisfies, and the story as a whole addresses many issues pertinent to primary-grade children."
-School Library Journal

"Sheer fun...It's nice to see a Day of the Dead book that finally gives Halloween a run for the spooky entertainment money."

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