Clatter Bash!: A Day of the Dead Celebration

Richard Keep (Author)
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Graveyard skeletons shake, rattle, and roll for a Day of the Dead celebration.
At dusk on the holiday known as Day of the Dead, a Mexican family has set out fiesta offerings in the graveyard in hopes that departed loved ones may return to visit. The playful skeletons rise from their graves to celebrate with gusto. All night long, they sing, dance, dine, tell stories, and play games. As morning approaches, they give thanks to the stars for their night of fun, tidy up after themselves, and leave no trace of their "clatter bash" behind as they return to their coffins until next year's Day of the Dead.
Author-illustrator Richard Keep's rollicking rhyme--sprinkled with Spanish words--captures the bone-rattling sounds and fun of the evening. An illustrated afterword gives information about the customs associated with el Día de los Muertos, a Mexican celebration of honoring relatives who have passed on.

Product Details

Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
September 01, 2008
9.02 X 0.1 X 10.05 inches | 0.36 pounds
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About the Author

Richard Keep is the author-illustrator of several children's books, including Clatter Bash! and A Thump from Upstairs. He lives in Mexico.


"Clatter Bash! not only offers a wonderful opportunity for cultural education, but also a reason to explore the topic of death. In fact, its upbeat tone and picture would likely bring comfort to those mourning the loss of a loved one."
"[A] zesty look at a special night... The joy on the characters' skeletal faces and in their excited movements is apparent as is their love of the lives they had. Small skeletons remind readers that even children are among the dead, and the beautiful details of the various aspects of the celebration reflect its Mexican roots. An afterword explains the holiday and its customs. This will be a popular title in Mexican-American communities and an eye-opener for others."