Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC
Halloween and the Day of the Dead overlap in this atmospheric, bilingual romp. Montes (Juan Bobo Goes to Work) composes serviceable stanzas, using English and Spanish words as synonyms: Los gatos black with eyes of green,/ Cats slink and creep on Halloween. This dual-language approach can be redundant (At medianoche midnight strikes...), yet Morales (Harvesting Hope) holds readers' attention with surreal, faintly macabre spreads in dim turquoise and clay-brown hues, illuminated by fuschia and flame orange. Witches fly broomsticks like skateboard whizzes, a headstone references Mexican comic Cantinflas and sallow-faced muertos dance until children arrive: The thing that monsters most abhor/ Are human ninos at the door! Ages 4-8.