Little Skeletons / Esqueletitos: Countdown to Midnight

Susie Jaramillo (Author)
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Little Skeletons/Esqueletitos: Countdown to Midnight is the 5th book from the Canticos collection.

2018 International Latino Book Awards winner for Best Latino Picture Book.

This book is based on the song "Los Esqueletos Salen de la Tumba" (The Skeletons Come Out of the Tomb) .

With Mexican-inspired black and white hand drawn art, it is a festive Halloween and Day of the Dead celebration. This book has been included in the 2018 Tejas Star Reading List.

Children can read the book, sing the song, move the hands of the clock or shut off the lights to watch the little skeletons glow in the dark!

Inspired by beautiful calavera art by José Guadalupe Posada, this book is not just for kids. The hand-drawn art make this a great coffee table book for lovers of Mexican art.

Canticos animated videos are now streaming across Nickelodeon's digital platforms. Watch them now at

Concept: Telling time & counting from one to 12.

  • Novelty book with an accordion fold so the book can be opened completely and laid flat or made to stand so children can surround themselves with the story.
  • Interactive lift-the-flap features.
  • Reversible with the original Spanish song on one side and an English adaptation on the other side.
  • A moveable clock at the start of the book will tempt little fingers to change the time along with the story.
  • Comes in a slipcase.

Children can also download the FREE companion app at as well as watch the sing along video at

Book summary Follow the little skeletons as they go about their surprising and intriguing day while counting down from 1 PM to midnight.

About the Series: Canticos is a collection of the most beloved nursery rhymes and children's songs from all over the Spanish-speaking world. Canticos creates bilingual books, apps, and sing-along videos.

Product Details

$19.98  $18.38
Publish Date
August 08, 2017
7.2 X 1.4 X 8.0 inches | 1.75 pounds
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About the Author

Susie Jaramillo Susie Jaramillo is a mom, an artist and a creative director raising two bilingual children. She worked for many years in advertising having co-founded the vox collective, a NY-based boutique multicultural agency where she served as Chief Creative Officer until 2012. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she majored in painting and illustration.

Susie Grew up between Venezuela and the United States, always going back and forth fluently between cultures. As a child, she was exposed to songs and traditions from both the United States and Latin America. To bring to life all the things she loved about her Latino culture she created Canticos and now kids of all ages can enjoy these nursery rhymes and songs! She lives in Brooklyn.


"Jaramillo's exuberant pencil illustrations brim with festive detail; clocks with moveable hands open both versions of the story, playing into the time-telling aspect of this eerie counting tale." - Publishers Weekly
"A clock with movable hands found at the beginning of each side is sure to be a hit with young children who wish to mark the time as the skeletons celebrate. The little skeletons are shown keeping busy--going to the theater, dancing, playing games, jumping--as they count down to midnight. A classic infant rhyme forms the second half of the verses on each page, and coupled with the beautiful illustrations, this book is perfect for October, Halloween, and the Day of the Dead, as well as for learning about time and counting from 1 to 12." - Booklist
..".the joyous, laughing skeleton expressions and continuous action maintain at least the same effect as would full color. And, as a plus--the cover appears to glow in the dark!" - Beverly Slapin, De Colores

"This lively board book is a celebration of a religious/cultural holiday that pictures cheerful skeletons having fun together. It's clearly a Day of the Dead story, but the holiday isn't mentioned. Kids will enjoy the rhythmic verse, cute illustrations, and they may learn to tell time by manipulating the movable hands of the clock. Not to mention word and phrases in Spanish and English!" - Common Sense Media