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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763636592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763636593
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 10.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—When autumn arrives, a group of suburban children and their parents rake leaves, carve pumpkins, decorate yards and porches, and make Halloween costumes. The big day comes at last, and the children go trick-or-treating. As the story closes, they share their treats with friends and then start planning next year's costumes as they get ready for bed. A special visual treat throughout the story is the children's pet black cat that appears on each spread. The author effectively uses a repeating pattern of alternating pages with "When…" and "Then…" to move the minimal plot along. The descriptions beautifully evoke the feeling of fall—from the V of geese squawking their way south to the dried corn husks that sound like grasshoppers. The watercolor and collage art contributes to the autumnal mood, and the varied perspectives and page design make the story more dynamic. The text and illustrations are a perfect complement to one another, emphasizing creative homemade decorations and costumes and minimal adult intervention. A fun read-aloud to get in the spirit of Halloween.—Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Tom Brenner says of his inspiration for AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN, his first book for children, "I watched October dress up for one last colorful romp before winter and felt the wild energy that sends kids out wearing capes or weird hats to rule the street for a night." He lives on Vashon Island, Washington.

Holly Meade (1956-2013) wrote and illustrated IF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR. She earned a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in HUSH! A THAI LULLABY by Minfong Ho. She also illustrated AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN by Tom Brenner; ON THE FARM, IN THE WILD, and IN THE SEA by David Elliott; and many others.

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One of my favorite read-alouds each Halloween season.
Library Dude
A book to read long after the costumes are put away - and even after the kids are fast asleep.
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The story is great and the illustrations are beautiful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharon L. Morris on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"When nighttime creeps closer to suppertime, and red and gold seep into green leaves, and blackberries shrivel on the vine......" is how this book begins. With language like that you won't groan when asked to read it over and over. And even two-year-olds never tire of finding the cat hidden on every page. Author Tom Brenner and illustrator Holly Meade have woven words and images into a Halloween story that will surely become a classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jennifer on August 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful, whimsical book that captures the joy of halloween for both the children and the adults reading the book! It follows a little boy as he dreams up what he wants to be for Halloween, makes his costume and then, goes out trick or treating. It captures the essence of what's so appealing about Halloween to young children, not the candy, but the imagination and fun of dressing up as anything you want to be--from a pirate to a pilot. After Christmas, Halloween is my children's favorite holiday! I'm always on the lookout for beautifully-told books that introduce preschoolers (ages 2 through 5) to the holidays and rituals that we celebrate. I'll be reading this book to my preschooler in the weeks leading up to Halloween!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Coulter on August 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book combines beautiful words with beautiful pictures. It captures the feel of Halloween Days gone by with the anticipation of Halloweens Future. It is poetic and dreamy. I can't wait to read it to my children when autumn comes and Halloween is just around the corner! This is a great book for grandchildren as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fall is my family's favorite season, and my kindergartener loves Halloween, so every fall we'll check out loads of Halloween-themed books from our local library, rent appropriately kid-friendly Halloween cartoons (whilst mom and dad watch the scarier ones), and start thinking about what to wear for Halloween. It's a fun time and watching the changing colors of the season is part of what makes fall so special.

"And then comes Halloween" captures the essence of fall and Halloween. The text is simple yet effective, and the verse form lends a sing-songy rhythm to the reading (this is an excellent read aloud book which children, old and young will appreciate). The rituals of fall are conveyed in a manner that makes one yearn for the comforts of home, thinking of the preparations that go into celebrating Halloween, and the fun to be had as a family.

The illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Holly Meade are lush and vivid, making the colors of fall come alive in a varied palette of yellows, oranges, browns, and reds. The ending is something all children (and adults) will easily relate to (it certainly had my little one smiling in anticipation) - as the children in the book dream of next year's Halloween!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Harvey on December 16, 2009
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I'd heard this childrens' Halloween book was very good, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a debut author and noted illustrator collaborated in such a wonderful new approach to a childrens' book!

The prose brings back memories to most adults and is very authentic to children. The graphics / art is so very well matched to the story.

A MUST BUY for children of all ages (3-93) and a great Christmas gift.

Don't let this one slip away.And Then Comes Halloween
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bay area hiker on August 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The descriptions in this book invoke the feeling of anticipation as Halloween approaches. The vocabulary is very descriptive and does not talk down to children. Pre-schoolers will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and adults will enjoy reading this book aloud.
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The perfect book for introducing young kids to Halloween! My little guy is three and this year as we trick or treated we quoted this book and "swirled from porch to porch". It is an interesting read that doesn't get old after the fifth time in the week. It reads more like a poem than a story and I think that's what makes it more versatile than a regular children's book. I think our family conversations about fall will forever include some lines from this book like "when nighttime creeps closer to supper time" and "when the wind whispers winter". A must have in your seasonal stash!
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By A. Malan on December 29, 2012
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Wonderful Halloween book. The kids love finding the cat on all the pages. We will pull this one out each Halloween and read it to get in the mood.
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