Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Short-Handed Halloween Stomp


Copyright illustration © 1999, Luis San Vicente.
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Oh, my God. El Día de los Muertos and Halloween are just a few days away and we’ve not published our annual mini-catalog for these sweet and holy days. The ghosts are sharpening their knives for supper, they’re cleaning their bowls and glasses, they're hungry for some menudo and tequila, but they need to know what to read. Well, it’s certainly not too late if you live in El Paso. Just come on down to 701 Texas Avenue and we’ll pack your goodie bags with books. And if you live out of town, well, it’s not too late if you have a good bookstore near you. Or you could even call Cactus Mary Fountaine here at Cinco Puntos and she’ll do what she can to get you books. But meanwhile, we’re sorry for the delay. The Fall is a busy time for Independent Publishing and we’re traveling and working. Ni modo. We thank you always for your support of Cinco Puntos Press.

The Festival of Bones / El Festival de las calaveras: A Little-Bitty Book for the Day of the Dead written and illustrated by Luis San Vicente. On Mexico's Day of the Dead, the skeletons jump for sheer joy. And no wonder: they’ve been cooped up the whole year long and now they’re ready to party. With fantastic illustrations and a wild and fanciful poem, San Vicente captures the spirit of this most marvelous holiday. A short and fun essay, directed toward young readers, explains this important Mexican holiday, and the fun things kids can do to join in the festivities.

El Cucuy: A Bogeyman Story in Spanish and English by Joe Hayes and illustrated by Honorio Robledo. In the Southwest and much of Mexico, the scary bogeyman is known as el Cucuy. With his humped back and his big red ear, el Cucuy was once a standard part of child rearing. Many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans will tell you, "I grew up with el Cucuy." And there are plenty of stories of lazy, disobedient children whose feet were set back on the straight and narrow path by an encounter with this ogre. Although today's parents no longer think it appropriate to rely on threats of calling the local bogeyman to come and carry their children away, the young still delight in tales of bad boys and girls, ones who are much worse than they are, getting the good scare they deserve from El Cucuy. Of course the best tales, like this one, always have a happy ending.

Egad! We’re briefly out of stock of Joe Hayes classic La Llorona, the Weeping Woman. Can you believe that? Our best selling book is so popular she’s all out into the streets looking for her children. She’s arriving—at least in her iconic book form—in November. Not soon enough. Forgive us. But we have something almost as good. Perhaps for some, even better: Joe Hayes telling the story of La Llorona--along with El Cucuy--on the audio compact disk: Two Scary Folktales in Spanish and English. And you can watch Joe telling La Llorona bilingually on his classic DVD. He’s in a mountain New Mexico ghost town. He tells a little bit of Spanish, the same then in English. A classic Spanish guitar is playing in the background. And every once in a while you see La Llorona herself running through the stream. Oh, she’s looking for her children. Mis hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiijjjooooooooos! Mis hiiiiiiiiiiiiiijjooooooooooooos! It’s something else to hear and watch Joe telling the story. Bring your blankets. It's very good to have some place to hide!

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