DÍa de Los Muertos Celebration

Lawley. (Traveling Tales of Nacho and Lola). Aug. 2024. 32p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781960137326.
K-Gr 2–Chihuahua puppies Nacho and Lola are traveling again, this time to celebrate el Día de los Muertos in Tucson, AZ. On this bright and cheerful holiday, family and friends gather to remember their loved ones who have passed. This picture book offers fun information that will enrich students with knowledge about the food eaten during this celebration, the meaning of the ofrenda (altar) filled with the photos of the deceased to welcome spirits, the type of house décor used, the skeleton costumes people wear, and more. Text in black font is laid out in lightly browned boxes, providing a pleasing organizational design that balances well with the illustrations. Sporadic Spanish terms accompany the narrative carried by the two canine main characters. Humans take a secondary role, and the anthropomorphic nature of this book will surely delight children. Digitally made colorful illustrations set the tone, showcasing Mexican cultural traits, such as colorful planters and hanging red chilies.
VERDICT A perfect addition to public and school library shelves to enhance seasonal story times with facts about the Day of the Dead.

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