It's Navidad, El Cucuy!: A Bilingual Picture Book (Hardcover)

It's Navidad, El Cucuy!: A Bilingual Picture Book By Donna Barba Higuera, Juliana Perdomo (Illustrator) Cover Image
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A boy and his monster from under the bed celebrate Navidad—Christmas—in It’s Navidad, El Cucuy!, a festive, bilingual picture book from Newbery Medal–winning author Donna Barba Higuera and illustrator Juliana Perdomo.

Ramón is a little boy who can’t wait for Navidad.

El Cucuy is the friendly monster who lives in Ramón’s bedroom. He’s not so sure that Christmas is for him. The lights are too bright, and the snowman is scary!

So if El Cucuy is hesitant to embrace the holiday cheer, then Ramón will have to bring the spirit of Navidad to him.

A tender, heartwarming story about facing the unknown with a friend by your side, this companion to El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! explores the magic of the holidays and coming together as a community.

Features an overview of the traditions behind Las Posadas, a festival beginning on December 16th and ending on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) that is celebrated in Mexico and parts of Latin America and the United States.

About the Author

Donna Barba Higuera grew up dodging dust devils in the oil fields of central California. She was a daydreamer, constantly blending life experiences and folklore into stories. Now she weaves them into picture books and novels. Higuera currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four children, three dogs, and two frogs. El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! was her debut picture book, and she is also the author of the middle-grade novels The Last Cuentista, winner of the Newbery Medal and Pura Belpré Award, and Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, winner of a Pura Belpré Honor, the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.
Juliana Perdomo is a Colombian illustrator and writer with a background as a psychologist and art therapist. Her work is joyful and heartfelt, folkish, and a bit retro with a Latin touch. Perdomo lives in Bogotá, Colombia, with her amazing son, Luca, her rocker partner, Iván, and a funny old dog named Menta.

Praise For…

"El Cucuy’s latest foray into unfamiliar terrain nonetheless reassures readers who may find themselves in similar situations. A sweet invitation to enjoy Navidad."—Kirkus

"This straightforward narrative is ­perfect for a holiday story time that includes awareness of how other ­cultures ­celebrate Christmas. A kindhearted ­Christmas story highlighting the power of friendship."

School Library Journal

"Continuing the themes of welcoming and belonging from El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!, this is an enjoyable addition to the quirky series."—The Horn Book Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419760136
ISBN-10: 1419760130
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: El Cucuy