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Little Angelito Díaz is feeling scared. It’s the Day of the Dead, when he and his family must walk among the Living. And his sister says they are all hot and squishy, with bulging eyes and crazy hair! Will he make it back, still dead and in one piece? Or will Angelito find himself lost in the Land of the Living forever?...

Title : The Dead Family Díaz
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ISBN : 9780803733268
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Dead Family Díaz Reviews

  • Maria
    2019-05-05 10:55

    It’s Nov. 1st and Angelito is anxious to walk among the land of the living. He’s heard horror stories about what the living do to scare away the dead, and he’s heard that if you touch one of them they are all hot and squishy, GROSS! As Angelito and his family make their way to the land of the living, he becomes separated from his family and runs into Pablo. They are both hiding, but what they don’t know is that one is from the land of the living, and the other from the land of the dead. Will they be able to overcome their fears of each other and become friends?

  • Lina
    2019-04-22 12:58

    I always enjoy a sweet story about a boy and a monster.I wanted to read my niece a bedtime story, and well,I'm not one to choose a story with pretty princesses and fluttery fairies.I prefer to read something dark and creepy.Howeverthis was a good mix of sweet and creepy.She enjoyed the story and I got to look at wonderful art.On top of that,It's nice to share a story that has to do with our culture.

  • Sierra Fresh
    2019-05-21 11:02

    This book is really cute. It teaches about dia de los muertos, the Day of the Dead. Its illustrations are beautiful and add important cultural details about what one would find in a celebration of the holiday. The book would be a great read aloud to create more cultural awareness.

  • Brett
    2019-05-23 07:59

    What a fun & unusual take on the phrase "They're just as scared of you as you are of them"...

  • Sandy
    2019-04-22 13:51

    It's time to go among the living and Angelito is not quite sure he's ready for the trip. His sister has scared him with comments of humans with big red tongues, bulging eyes, and squishy hot flesh while his parents are trying to calm him. His parent inform him for just one day very soon, they will travel up top. Up there, the Living and the Dead will come together like they do every year as friends, to celebrate and he should not be afraid. The day arrives and the families of the Dead all gather below to the one elevator which will then take them all to the Land of the Living. The illustrator works magic on this illustration in the novel as it captures my attention. The brightness of the colors and the activities on this pages shows the enthusiasm of the Dead as they await for ride to the top to be reunited with the Living for their one day of celebration. Angelito looks sad on his way to the top as the guests are all smiles in the elevator. A car full of skeletons traveling to the world of the Living. They are warmly greeted by the Living, for everyone has dressed for this occasion in garments matching their guests. They're all wearing brightly colored garments and a skeleton face. Immediately, Angelito gets separated from his family among all the shouting and celebrating. Finding a child who looks like a someone from the Dead, Angelito asks for help. Pablo and Angelito find refuge in each other and as they devise a plan to combat the craziness that is all around them, they begin to realize the true identity of each other. The author makes an excellent point in this story and Angelito, Pablo and Estrellita learn a great lesson. I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book, they were very festive and bright. I was glad to see this holiday book as when we travel to Mexico I see many references to this holiday but not many individuals know much about it stateside. The author has included in the back of the novel a page about the holiday and its significance.

  • Jordyn Agost
    2019-05-18 09:07

    The Dead Family Diaz is about a dead family who travels to the living. The dead travel above to the living every year on the holiday, "El Dia de los Muertos" which means the Day of the Dead. The young boy in the family, Angelito was terrified to go above because his older sister had told him how terrible the living was. When the family goes up, Angelito separates from the family and end up playing with another young boy whom he believed was another boy from the dead. Pablo was actually alive however, he just had a mask on. When the two realized this, they scurried away from each other. Later the two realized how much fun they had together and that it doesn’t matter if they are different from each other. This book could be useful to show the difference between people as well. It doesn’t matter how different we are, we can still find similarities with each other and come together as one. I did however, not like the fact that some children could believe that the dead will be walking around on this specific holiday. Especially if the child is already unaware of the holiday, they may have a negative connotation with it if they took the book too literally. It would just be important to include other books about Hispanic culture and the Day of the Dead.

  • Christine Turner
    2019-05-16 08:04

    A fresh, funny take on the Day of the Dead that's packed with kid appeal Every skeleton in the Land of the Dead is excited to celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the Living. But not Angelito. His big sister has told him all about their horrifying bulgy eyes and squishy skin. So when Angelito is separated from his family in the Land of the Living, he's petrified--until he makes a new friend who is just as terrified of THEM as Angelito is. Then his new buddy turns out to be (gulp!) a living boy! Angelito runs as fast as his bony feet can carry him. Fortunately the traditions of the Day of the Dead reunite the two boys, just in time for some holiday fun. Full of wild Tim Burton-esque art, this clever tale is sure to become un libro favorito for the Day of the Dead, Halloween season, and beyond.SubjectsAll Souls' Day -- Juvenile fiction.Dead -- Juvenile fiction.Fear -- Juvenile fictionFriendship -- Juvenile fiction

  • Gabrielle Blockton
    2019-05-07 10:07

    Date: November 12th, 2014Author: P.J. Bracegirdle; Pictures by Poly BernateneTitle: The Dead Family DiazPlot: The Day of the Dead is finally here! The Diaz family is very excited to visit the "Land of the Living", except for the very scared Angelito. Will the big red tongues and bulging eyes that the humans possess scare Angelito into never coming back to the "Land of the Living" again? Setting: The Land of the Dead; The Land of the Living; Diaz's householdCharacters: Estrellita; Angelito; Mr. and Mrs. Diaz; Dante the Dog; PabloPoint-of-View: Third-PersonTheme: Family; Friendships; CelebrationStyle: Narrative; Fiction; Picture-BookCopyright: 2012Notes: This is a great book for young students to know about the Day of the Dead and its purpose (a holiday that focuses on the gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members that have died). A good read!

  • Ed
    2019-05-19 12:18

    I really wish that the illustrator Poly Bernatene lived in the U.S., as this would be one of my picks for the Caldecott award. I love the illustrations, and I think it could definitely be in the discussion if it were eligible. This is the second book this year that I have loved that wasn't eligible, and it makes me a bit sad. I also loved Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature, but since the illustrator Mark Hearld is from the U.K., it isn't eligible. The story is a lot of fun, and with all the vibrant colors, this book is truly amazing. A good bedtime story, and my son loved it. Nice to see other cultures represented, and I would highly recommend this book.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-11 11:06

    The Day of the Dead gets a hilarious send-off in this appealing picture book filled with digital artwork filled with dark colors and wonderful facial expressions. Angelito and the other members of the Diaz family head off to the Land of the Living, but Angelito is anxious due to the gruesome--to him!--descriptions of the living his older sister Estrellita has shared: They have "big red tongues and bulging eyes," and "they feel all hot and squishy" (unpaged). Angelito is thrilled to make a new friend, but to his horror, the friend turns out to be a human. In the end, Estrellita gets what she deserves, and the fun continues. Back matter includes information about this holiday.

  • Kim
    2019-05-19 14:13

    I loved the illustrations in this book and the 'surprise' is clever. I was disappointed that we didn't get to meet the living members of the Diaz family. The idea that the living get to party with their dead loved ones was mentioned but not really explored at all. I would have felt better about it if the living boy turned out to be a distant cousin or something. As written, the story is more like a zombie holiday where the dead get to come back to life to play in the land of the living just for fun as opposed a story about them celebrating a rare chance to see their living families and friends.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-18 16:21

    Beautifully illustrated version of Dia de Los Muertos- from the perspective of a skeleton boy who is terrified of seeing living people. After accidentally befriending a masked living boy, Angelito realizes they're not that scary. Great metaphor for prejudice, gorgeous intro to this jewel of Mexican culture, good example of Latino characters.

  • Rachel Grover
    2019-05-18 15:19

    Super cute! I love that this book shows the alternate perspective of the dead being the main characters. Overall, I appreciated the story but I feel like it could have explored more about day of the dead activities/customs. Nice after note. Will purchase for my MS library to supplement the Spanish classes' study of this holiday.

  • Janet Emmett
    2019-04-30 16:17

    This book tells about Dia de los Muertos from the perspective of a dead family. Angelito, the son, accidentally befriends Pablo, a living boy, when the Diaz family comes to the land of the living for the Day of the Dead. A fun way to introduce children to to the custom of honoring and remembering our deceased relatives

  • Shannon
    2019-05-12 11:18

    A family of skeletons is getting ready to go up to the land of the living for Dia De Los Muertos. The littlest gets separated and scared and ends up meeting a human child. They both discover that they didn't need to be scared of each other. This was a more suspenseful than Moira is comfortable with, but she liked the ending.

  • Kayla
    2019-05-16 10:20

    the dead family Diaz is about angelito's family celebrating the day of the dead but he is scared about the celebration. this would be a great book to read around Halloween. its a great way to talk about the differences between the two cultures and what each one does the same and different.

  • Lorna
    2019-04-24 13:09

    I liked the illustrations, and enjoyed the flip of focusing on the Dead's perspective on the Day of the Dead celebrations. Kids familiar with the celebration might enjoy this one, though I found the story and dialogue, in particular really awkward.

  • Chacha (Vanessa) Centeno
    2019-05-09 10:11

    Vocabulary and appearance, friend instead of family, fear of a belief that is tied to culture. This story doesn't grasp the importance of honoring the dead, of remembering. It doesn't depict what it means for ancestors to be with us.

  • Amber W
    2019-04-24 16:12

    We loved it.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-02 09:58

    I enjoyed this book a lot :)(I can't tell if the author is actually of Mexican heritage or not -- he was born in Montreal, and digging doesn't get me much autobiographical information.)

  • Jacqueline
    2019-04-23 13:08

    Fantastic art, and a laugh out loud storyline make this one of my favorite books of 2012.

  • Sharon Lawler
    2019-04-25 08:10

    Colors and traditions of Day of the Dead as seen through the eyes of two boys, one living and one decidedly dead. Kids will love it!

  • Allison
    2019-05-13 10:55

    el dia de los muertos!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-08 14:14

    It was cute. not a lot about dia de los muerte.

  • Bethe
    2019-05-02 10:54

    A turn of the tables for for a story about being afraid of meeting new people. Be sure to check out the endpages!

  • Linda Atkinson
    2019-05-17 08:57

    day of the dead

  • Marissa Elera
    2019-05-15 10:16

    A warm Dia de los Muertos picture book. It's fun, and gives readers full cultural immersion without seeming too contrived.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-04-27 14:14

    Fun story about the Day of the Dead with wonderfully vibrant illustrations.

  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    2019-05-07 13:16

    Beautiful illustrations, and great concept but I didn't feel that the execution of the concept was a strong as I would have liked. Also I felt that some of the humor got in the way. :-(

  • Caroline
    2019-04-30 10:09

    A recent find. Love it for Primes and Seniors alike.Submitted purchase request 11/14.