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Halloween Night Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 27, 2010
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After working at several unfulfilling jobs she discovered that she was an authentic "kid at heart", and her true calling was to write books for children. She now works (happily) as an Assistant Teacher in a preschool. She is very good at mixing paints, tying shoes, and helping children feel comfortable at school. Marjorie Dennis Murray is the author of the very well-reviewed and popular picture book, Halloween Night; as well as Hippo Goes Bananas!, a Children's Choice Book of the Year; Don't Wake Up the Bear!, an International Reading Assoc. Choice; and one of Disney Online's Best Books of 2002, Little Wolf and the Moon.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a delightful Halloween version of "The Night Before Christmas". "'Twas Halloween night, and all through the house Every creature was stirring, including the mouse; The walls were aflutter with little brown bats, While hordes of black spiders crept out of the cracks." The digital art illustrations are vibrant, rich in colors and diverse perspectives, and filled with humorous creepy creatures and gorgeous bugs inside a spooky haunted house. In a nice twist, the scary tricksters that include a fairy blowing bubblegum are scared away by the inhabitants of the haunted house, "From the ten little tricksters came ten little shrieks, And away they all ran down the cobblestone street, Dropping their bags and spilling their treats." This wonderful picture book is a perfect read-aloud for a Halloween story time.
I'm always a happy reader when it's time for a new round of holiday-themed kids' books and starting this Halloween-reading-season with this particular book makes me extra happy!
Told in smooth-as-silk rhyming text, a witch and various friends prepare for a party on Halloween night, readying their haunted house for the trick-or-treaters who, once they get a glimpse, flee in fright!
First off, shame on me for missing this book for several years! There are so very many so-so Halloween books out there and those I find by the hundreds, but somehow the best of them allude me at first, and Halloween Night is among the best so far. The story, like many others, is clearly modeled on the "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" style. Others, however, fail where Murray succeeds. The rhyme actually flows so well that there's almost no way to avoid the built-in cadence when you read, aloud or to yourself: there's nothing clunky or trying-too-hard here! The story has a little creepy/scary edge to it, but not enough to genuinely frighten young kids, and the almost comedic running-away-in-fear reaction of the kids in the story breaks the tension nicely.
Add in the absolutely flawless and positively immense illustrations by Dorman and I'm in love. Each image takes up a full two-page spread, and every inch is used to capture the moment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect for halloween! Story rhymes and has a nice rythm to it. Drawings are great and loads of interesting characters.Published 1 month ago by InfamousS
Fun little halloween story! My kids could read it over and over. Kind of a twist on "the night before christmas."Published 2 months ago by Blonde Babe
Such a great little Halloween story. I can recite this I've read it some many times. It's a family favorite!Published 2 months ago by Aliciuar13
This is such a great Halloween book. The illustrations are magical and bring the fun spirit of Halloween without being overly scary. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mom of 3
Great book! I love reading it; my son loves the story & illustrations. Very fun parody at Halloween time.Published 3 months ago by AJM
My kids and I LOVE this book! The art is fantastic, the story is fun, and its cool that it goes along to "The night before Christmas. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Floyd G. Devious
Cute story to add to my Halloween book collection! My children enjoyed it and so did I!Published 6 months ago by SJS