From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–Using the framework and rhythms of This Is the House That Jack Built, Hatch constructs a cumulative chain of events that begins with a mouse hiding inside a jack-o'-lantern. Each successive character that arrives on the scene–a bat, an owl, a cat, a costumed child, and a dog–adds a complicating layer until the pooch finally trips the trick-or-treater, spilling the candy, scattering the figures, and leaving the merry mouse in possession of the treats. Hatch's lively text is matched by the quirky full-color art. Using changes in perspective, an elastic line, an appropriately spooky font style, and a sure hand for depicting action, Pickering drenches the spreads in dark blues, purples, greens, and reds. Libraries looking for a slightly scary tale will want to consider this one.–Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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