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HALLOWEEN WEEK! SOFI AND THE MAGIC, MUSICAL MURAL / SOFI Y EL MAGICO MURAL MUSICAL BY RAQUEL M. ORTIZ

It's Halloween Week and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
The Latina Book Club is proud to bring you books that will scare you and make your heart race.   So Be Brave and Happy Reading.



I love graffiti art, especially large, colorful murals that depict fun communal scenes.  I found a lot of these in Harlem, and so many more during my recent trip to San Juan. 
SOFI AND THE MAGIC, MUSICAL brings these murals to mind and to life.  The book is full of vibrant pictures and enchanting narrative, and I love that it is bilingual.  Readers will be delighted and amazed.  I am, and I am thinking of buying extra hard copies for my nieces and nephews in New York and on the island.
SUMMARY:  When Sofi walks through herbarrio to the local store, she always passes a huge mural with images from Puerto Rico: musicians, dancers, tropical flowers and her least favorite avejigante, a character from carnival that wears a scary mask.

One day on her way home from thebodega, she stops in front of the mural…

HALLOWEEN WEEK! FUNNY BONES BY DUNCAN TONATIUH

It's Halloween Week and Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).
The Latina Book Club is proud to bring you books that will scare you and make your heart race.   So Be Brave and Happy Reading.

This children’s book is playful, artistic and fascinating.  I never knew the history of the calaveras and why they are identified so much with Mexico.  This book was fun and arresting. Readers of all ages will love it.
SUMMARY:  FUNNY BONES tells the story of how the amusing calaveras—skeletons performing various every day or festive activities—came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852–1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxta…