¡Vamos! Let’s Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos: A Halloween and Day of the Dead Celebration

­HarperCollins/Clarion/Versify. (World of ¡Vamos!). Jul. 2024. 48p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780063277137.
K-Gr 2–A delightful journey through two vibrant cultural celebrations. Readers are treated to a colorful exploration of Halloween and Día de los Muertos, each with its own unique traditions and significance. Raúl the Third masterfully incorporates Spanish phrases throughout the narrative, making it accessible for readers to pick up new words through context clues. Little Lobo y sus amigos transition seamlessly from trick-or-treating on Halloween night to preparing ofrendas for Día de los Muertos, offering a rich tapestry of cultural experiences. The illustrations burst with energy and charm, bringing to life the spirit of both holidays with vivid detail. From the spooky delights of Halloween to the heartfelt remembrances of Día de los Muertos, every page is a feast for the eyes. Humorous moments pepper the story, providing entertainment for both children and adults. For instance, Kooky quips about his neighbors in the cemetery being sound sleepers, adding a playful touch to the narrative. A glossary proves helpful for readers encountering unfamiliar words and enhances understanding and appreciation of the text.
VERDICT A must-read. This one offers a joyful celebration of culture, tradition, and the spirit of these beloved holidays.

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