Get ready for a rollicking Day of the Dead celebration! Graveyard skeletons shake, rattle, and roll as a Mexican family marks the annual Day of the Dead holiday.
? “[A] zesty look at a special night.” ?School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
At dusk on the holiday known as Day of the Dead, a Mexican family has set out fiesta offerings in the graveyard in hopes that departed loved ones may return to visit. The playful skeletons rise from their graves to celebrate with gusto. All night long, they sing, dance, dine, tell stories, and play games. As morning approaches, they give thanks to the stars for their night of fun, tidy up after themselves, and leave no trace of their “clatter bash” behind as they return to their coffins until next year’s Day of the Dead.
Author-illustrator Richard Keep’s rollicking rhyme?sprinkled with Spanish words?captures the bone-rattling sounds and fun of the evening. An illustrated afterword gives information about the customs associated with el Día de los Muertos, a Mexican celebration of honoring relatives who have passed on.
Awards: Children’s Choices ?International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ?National Council for the Social Studies/Children’s Book Council