Losing a pet is hard, but this picture book told through a Day of the Dead celebration will show readers that the love they have for their beloved companion will always remain.
Benito loves Perro. But when Perro passes away, Benito is heartbroken. During the Day of the Dead celebration, he tries to understand the meaning of the flores de cempasuchil, candles, pan de muertos, photographs, and sharing memories of departed loved ones. By creating his own special altar for Perro, he realizes that his love for his beloved companion, and the happiness Perro gave him, will always remain.
Told with honesty and hope, this heartfelt book is the perfect story for any child coping with loss, and for those who celebrate--or want to learn more about--Día de los Muertos.
About the Author
Judith Valdés B is a Mexican-American writer and illustrator who holds degrees in Illustration (BFA), Business Administration (BA), and International Affairs (MA). She is a Children's Book Academy graduate, as well as a student at the Institute of Children's Literature. Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, she has lived in five countries across three continents and currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand with her husband and their three children. Find out more about Judith at judithvaldesb.com.
Carlos Vélez Aguilera is an illustrator based in Mexico City, Mexico. He graduated from the National School of Plastic Arts and has illustrated more than twenty children's books including his graphic novel Salón Destino.
A tale that will help children articulate their own feelings while giving them space to infer and project deeper emotional nuances. The lush illustrations--including a joyful representation of Perro's spirit--counterbalance Benito's sadness and invite readers to linger on each scene. . . . Will leave anyone grieving feeling seen and hugged.
— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Readers seeking realistic portrayals of healing will find a great deal to love here.
— Publishers Weekly