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by Xavier Garza
illustrated by Xavier Garza
Out of stock. Still available in hardcover.

Tejas Star Book Award
Santa needs help! Abracadabra!
Cousin Pancho and little Victor become Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid!

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10-digit ISBN1-933693-87-8
13-digit ISBN9781933693873
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available InHardcover
Page Count40
Product Dimensions8.5" x 11" x .1"
Publication DateOctober 20, 2010
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.
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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Children's Literature
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.
- December 3, 2008 
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San Antonio Express-News book blog
[This] bilingual retelling of the Santa Claus myth with a South Texas twist, brought vividly to life by Garza's colorful, expressive drawings.
- October 1, 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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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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De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children
I’d like to see every child living in the towns on both sides of the outrageous, forbidding, miles-long barb-wired fence — and especially, every refugee child held in the border-town detention centers — own a copy of this book. They could all use a little magic, right about now. Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid” is highly recommended.
- Beverly Slapin, November 27, 2015  Visit Website
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