Día de Muertos: A Papel Picado ­Lift-the-Flap Book

Little Simon. Jul. 2023. 14p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9781665939423.
PreS–Rich colors transport readers to Day of the Dead in this lift-the-flap book. While brief on text, it does convey the basics of the holiday, including days when it is celebrated, foods, and traditions. The playful flaps are depicted as papel picado (paper banners), creating a fun element. While parents and caregivers might need to supplement for further explanations on certain traditions, this title pairs nicely with other texts or works for young readers with an understanding of the holiday. The few words in Spanish are easily understood using pictures and additional text. Illustrations feature various family members, including kids, adults, and grandparents, preparing for the holiday in a whimsical style. Despite limited text and explanations for words or traditions, there is an overall feeling of joy in the illustrations, which feature vibrant colors and happy expressions. Lively colors, fun flaps, and short text make this book accessible for younger children looking to celebrate Day of the Dead.
VERDICT A solid addition to an established collection on the subject for younger children.

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