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BOOK SIGNING AT BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE

Author and Translator at Vernon Hills, IL

Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Vernon Hills, IL
Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Vernon Hills, IL
Translator, Author, and Pam Purcell, Store Manager
Translator, Author, and Pam Purcell, Store Manager
Fan, Author, Translator
Fan, Author, Translator

Chris Holaves read and signed his bilingual children’s book, Even the Dead Get Up for Milk / Hasta los muertos se levantan por leche, at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Vernon Hills, IL, on May 1 from 6:30-7:30 P.M. Allison Barnard, the book’s translator, joined the author and read her Spanish translation of this delightful, children’s book. Chris and Allison had fun reading and meeting the children who attended this special, bilingual story time. The management and staff of this Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Vernon Hills, IL, made everyone feel welcome. 

 

In Even the Dead Get Up for Milk / Hasta los muertos se levantan por leche, written for third through fifth graders, Chris Holaves has carefully crafted a story for English and Spanish readers. This original book tells of a young boy whose family has moved to a new town. Now he must sleep in an old, vacant, funeral home because his parents could not find any other place in town to rent. He sees ghosts at bedtime that no one else can see, but he recalls his father’s courage and says to himself bravely, “I am my father’s son.” The catchy title takes on meaning when the young boy sees these nightly visitors drinking friendly cups of warm milk together in the kitchen. At the end of this suspenseful but humorous story, the young boy understands and overcomes his fear of the dark and these mysterious, nightly visitors. 

 

This story is beautifully told in narrative verse and is accurately translated into Spanish. The English and Spanish stanzas appear on the same page, and the verses introduce the young readers to poetry. The Spanish has been read and approved by bilingual, native Latino professionals: educators, a priest, and librarians. Allison Bernard’s Spanish translation is superb.

 

Additionally, the story is illustrated with John Goomas’s child-like, post-modern, pen and ink drawings. These illustrations draw the reader into the story. They stress the “importance of family and tradition” as the parents offer comfort to their children in this strange, new home.

 

This book is a five-for-one: It includes an exciting story with family values and themes. It is bilingual which entertains English and/or Spanish readers. It contains discussion questions for parents and teachers to help children understand their fear of the dark. It offers suggestions to children on how to overcome this fear. Finally, it includes vocabulary in both English and Spanish for readers in either language.

 

The author truly lives up to Astakos Publishing’s motto: “Good stories grab the imagination.”

 

 

 

 

 

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