Anaranda Illustration | Our Day of the Dead Celebration
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Our Day of the Dead Celebration

Our Day of the Dead Celebration
Publisher: Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books
Release date: September 27, 2022
Author/illustrator: Ana Aranda
Age level: 3-7 years, 32 pages
ISBN: 9780525514282


In her authorial debut, Aranda, illustrator of The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra, delivers a charming ode to the Latinx Day of the Dead holiday. A little girl narrates this sweet tale that takes readers through her family’s preparations for the event that occurs every November 1st through 2nd, in which families honor those who came before with altars, poems, marigolds, and sugar skeletons. . . . The importance of family, storytelling, and tradition shines through the text and joyous textured illustrations. . . . Warm and vibrant hues, such as the orange of the marigolds and the bright colors of the papel picado, add to the lively, celebratory mood. . . . Calaveras, or skulls, and living people mingle throughout, but the joy-filled celebration is especially evident during the fiesta scenes. The matter-of-fact text contains not a hint of fear or mourning, which might be just the right tone for some children with a recent death in the family, making this a perennial title and not one to relegate to Day of the Dead shelves or displays. . . . Great fun; a strong choice for picture book collections.”

-School Library Journal