Wednesday, November 19, 2008


A Great Book for Navidad

Written and illustrated by Xavier Garza

Santa needs help! Abracadabra!
A cowboy and his nephew become Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid!

Product Details
10-digit ISBN 1-933693-24-X
13-digit ISBN 978-1-933693-24-8
Format Hardback
Language Bilingual - English & Spanish
Page Count 40
Product Dimensions 8.5" x 11" x .25"
Publication Date November 1, 2008

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.

CABE Presents Vigésima Jornada Pedagógica
Loyola Marymount University
Saturday, December 6 2008

Best-selling author goes on tour to promote his memoir,

Thursday November 20, 2008
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Ave, at 104th Street
El Barrio, NY 10029
Room: El Taller - 3rd Floor

Come hear best selling author VICTOR VILLASEÑOR talk about his new book, CRAZY LOCO LOVE at El Museo del Barrio.

This will be your only opportunity to have a copy of CRAZY LOCO LOVE signed by Victor Villaseñor in New York City.

Can't make it?

If you'd like an autographed book please call (646) 413-5251 or email us and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you. Signed books make great gifts!



Anonymous said...

Xavier Garza's Flying Burritos provide young Tejanos with hope-filled dreams of a happy day. What a great concept for escaping the limitations of border fences and channeling an appreciation for bicultural literature. There should be more of this bicultural literature made available to our young Chicano/Hispanic/Latino readers. It inspires them to also become writers or, at least, competent bilingual communicators.

That's why I was pleased to hear that my grandson's 6th grade textbook, "The Language of Literature," published by Houghton and Mifflin, contains several writings by Spanish surname authors. One of my poems is on page 392. Wow! My grandson was surprised when his teacher asked him to read the poem to his class! It's not about Flying Burritos, though. It's about flying pigeons crossing over to "El Otro Lado." Here it is:

Street Corner Flight

From that side ...
Of their concrete barrio
Two small boys held
Fat white pigeons
Trapped in their trembling hands.

Not disturbing
Their powers of flight,
Released them
Into the air.

They were free
To glide above
Rushing traffic.
Soar beyond
Labryinths of
food stamps,
and want.

They were free
To fly
Toward the other side ...
A world away.

Norma Landa Flores, 2008
Originally published in "Sighs & Songs of Aztlan"
F.E. Albi & Jesus G. Nieto ed., 1975

Anonymous said...

It's so good to see that there are more and more titles by nuestra gente; titles that our little ones can read and learn and dream from.