The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle

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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 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.
 

About P.J. Bracegirdle

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P. J. Bracegirdle (pjbracegirdle.com) lives in Montreal, Canada. Poly Bernatene (www.polybernatene.com) lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
Published August 2, 2012 by Dial. 1 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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When he gets separated from his family in the Land of the Living, he finds a friend in Pablo—wearing a skeleton mask—who Angelito believes is just like himself.

Jul 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dead Family Diaz

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Bernatene (The Princess and the Pig) revels in the bright colors and general hullabaloo of the Mexican Day of the Dead festival, while Bracegirdle (the Joy of Spooking trilogy) doesn't focus on the festival so much as use it as a setting for a humorous moral tale about differences.

Jun 11 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dead Family Diaz

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Bracegirdle and illustrated by Poly Bernatene, a young dead boy, Angelito, is afraid to join in the family fun for Day of the Dead.

Sep 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Dead Family Diaz

Project MUSE

the digitally created art crams spreads full with the glowing fuchsia, teal, and orange palette of the holiday, creating compositional rhythm with the chalky white faces (skulls for the dead, skull masks for the living) and crisply patterned streamers of papel picado.

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