From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-A skeleton, a witch, and a devil go out to trick-or-treat, but are frightened by every sound they hear and everything they see. Larger-than-life, vivid illustrations bring this simple rhyming verse to life on each haunting spread. A huge smoky-white moon lights the way for the trick-or-treaters seen against a midnight-blue sky as they stand in a mountain of fire-red leaves. A tree looms over them as the moonlit branches look eerily like lightning striking. SPOOKY! A few large-type words on each page will be appealing to younger readers: "Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly/like witches on switches across the sky-." Stunningly colorful and perfect for the season.Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
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Gr. 2-3. The palette, dark and misty and mottled with reflected light, perfectly fits this imaginative book in which an eerily fantastic story evolves into a joyous, unusual celebration. The artful text ("When dead leaves fly / like witches on switches / cross the sky") sometimes set against backgrounds so dark that the words nearly disappear, follows the progress of three costumed children delighted to be out trick-or-treating. They laugh and revel in the spooky night until flickering lights transform the shadowy landscape into spooks, ghouls, and witches. The play of shadow and light is remarkable, with dreamy, atmospheric double-spreads that are truly eerie at times. But despite the shadows and strange denizens of the night, the trick-or-treaters have things well in hand, and by the end they join their hosts in dancing "round their queen." After all, "it's Halloween." Save this for children old enough to handle the chills and sharp enough to appreciate the subtle, comic outcome that turns the mood completely around. Stephanie ZvirinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved