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CHARRO CLAUS AND THE TEJAS KID

by Xavier Garza
illustrated by Xavier Garza
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Tejas Star Book Award
Santa needs help! Abracadabra!
A cowboy and his nephew become Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid!

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-933693-24-X
13-digit ISBN9781933693248
FormatHardback
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available InPaperback
Page Count40
Product Dimensions8.5" x 11" x .25"
Publication DateNovember 1, 2008
RightsAll Rights Available
Let’s welcome Santa’s newest helper: his cousin Pancho, a farmer living down in South Texas who is so smart he speaks Spanish and English. Back in the day, Pancho was a mariachi singer with a whole lot of style and a fancy sombrero. But as the years passed, Pancho got, well, a little older and a little wider all around. Then one night his primo Santa Claus showed up. Santa needed some help! Pancho volunteered. And then, poof, Santa transformed Pancho into the resplendent Charro Claus with his incredibly Flying Burritos. And Charro Claus, it turns out, even had his own surprise elf—his nephew Vincente!

All Christmas Eve, Vincente and Pancho deliver toys to the boys and girls on the border. Neither rain, cloudy skies, wire fences nor concrete walls keep them from covering every inch of their newly assigned territory. And they don’t forget a single town or city. How could they? The border is their home.



A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Xavier Garza is an enthusiastic author, artist, teacher and storyteller whose work is a lively documentation of life, dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. He lives with his wife and son in San Antonio, Texas, and is the author of five books. Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask was an honor book for the Américas Award.
Críticas
Garza’s original text and bold, full-page illustrations will surely pull readers into the excitement of this new “border” story. A wonderful acquisition.
- November 1, 2008 
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School Library Journal
The full-spread paintings are bright and energetic … A cheerful purchase.
- October 1, 2008 
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San Antonio Current
Charro Claus is the perfect gift for the children of your Minute Men relatives.
- November 19, 2008 
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San Antonio Express-News book blog
Bold, stylized cartoon-like illustrations help this creative author/illustrator tell the story of Santa Claus' Mexican cousin — telling it in both English and Spanish.
- October 1, 2008 
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Children's Literature
[This] bilingual retelling of the Santa Claus myth with a South Texas twist, brought vividly to life by Garza's colorful, expressive drawings.
- December 3, 2008 
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Tucson Citizen
This fascinating story reflects small-town Texas life and the magic of the holiday season.
- December 11, 2008 
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Horse Fly
For kindergarten through grade two, this cheerful book about a Border Santa is endorsed by the School Library Journal.
- December 15, 2008 
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REFORMA Newsletter
This charming story will be embraced by children who do not see their lieves reflected in the traditional snowy Santa tales. Recommended.
- July 23, 2009 
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Critical Mass blog
Here's an original take on the famous Clement Clarke Moore holiday classic. How would the night before Christmas "translate" in a South Texas Valley setting, where St. Nick's Mexican cousin Pancho can lend a hand by distributing gifts to all the children who live along the U.S.-Mexico border? Easy: Charro Claus!
- the national book critics circle board of directors, November 30, 2008 
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