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Halloween Hardcover – August 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books; Trade Edition edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735816093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735816091
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

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 Zvirin
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My children love this book and it's creative illustrations.
Ellen
I have to return the book to the library tomorrow, so I'm buying a hard copy for myself.
Robin A Yellen
I bought this book for my 2 year old granddaughter who loves books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Santos on August 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonder to look at and a delight to read. The text is short and brief but wonderfully poetic, with a gentle, rhythmic rhyme-scheme. It will keep all ages entertained... from the fussy 2-year old to the more sophisticated 4-year old. (Can you tell I've read to a wide range of children?) The best thing about this book is the illustrations. They are wonderfully spooky without being creepy or scary. And they tell their own story! That's right! If you pay attention to the illustrations, you see there is a whole other story taking place underneath the text. Totally cool! And the understory is really uplifting and sweet, softening the scariness of Halloween. As a lover of Halloween books, I can not recommend this book enough. It is one of my favorites and it is the story that my 4-year old daughter asks for again and again and again.. even in July!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. G. on May 15, 2009
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I have to agree with another reviewer that the poem seems to get lost in the back of the beautiful illustrations.

Should you buy this for a young reader, however, there are very few words in this book which makes it suitable for ages 4-7 (at best). With that said, the images are captivating and the illustrator depicts everyone's favorite Halloween creatures/icons marvelously within this book!

Honestly, the pictures are enough to buy this book alone. I recommend this if you want to buy this for a young child who is being introduced to reading-it is simply enchanting.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Dhuey on April 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Greg Couch's big, broad illustrations, with their pearly moon-lit glow, cleverly straddle the line between reality and fantasy, where leaves blowing through the sky could be broomstick-riding witches, and where windows are the glowing eyes of an ominous house. But lest you think it's all tease, the real spooks arrive soon enough for a riotous conclave that impresses the wide-eyed children on their trick or treat rounds.

Highly recommended for the 4-8 age group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happymama on November 7, 2007
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We added this to our Halloween storybook collection this year, and I was a bit disappointed. The illustrations are captivating, but there is nothing special about the text. All ages in our family find this one rather boring.
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By Ellen on December 23, 2013
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My children love this book and it's creative illustrations.The story is just the right length and the book a nice size for reading to my son's Kindergarten class. Especially a hit with my four-year-old who loves Halloween!
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