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Halloween Night on Shivermore Street Hardcover – August 5, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081183946X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811839464
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,051,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This lighthearted romp is highlighted by illustrations that set an appropriately spooky mood....the incorporation of telling time into the story makes this entry in a crowded field a little different." -School Library Journal

"Pollack and Belviso have created a spooky, rhyming counting book that will make a fine addition to holiday collections.A Halloween tale with verve and a good sense of humor" -Kirkus Reviews

"Pollack and Belviso set the scenes to bouncy limericks, and DuBurke's firelit acrylics lend a ghoulish glow to the theatrical holiday." -Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso are both children's book editors as well as authors. Their other writing collaborations include three Malcom in the Middle original novels. They live in New York.

Randy DuBurke is the creator of The Moon Ring (0-8118-3487-5) and the recipient of the John Steptoe/Corretta Scott King New Illustrator Award. He lives in Switzerland and New York.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on October 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
While Rebeccasreads screamingly recommends HALLOWEEN NIGHT ON SHIVERMORE STREET for children ages 4 to 8, it can easily enchant any reader with a love for creatively creepy fun. This is one party kids & adults will want to read about over & over again, especially on those moonlit nights leading up to Halloween itself. Do try the whipped-cream-covered ants -- they were simply TO DIE FOR!

A fun, bouncy, hair-raising, rhyming tale, illuminated by Randy DuBurke's wild illustrations of all the usual suspects you'd ever hope to encounter at this time of year!
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The neighborhood children are excited. There's a Halloween party tonight on Shivermore Street, a haunted-looking house decorated with spider webs, candles and jack-o-lanterns. At six o'clock as directed, the children approach, ready for the party to begin. Every hour, before the clock strikes, there's something new to do: just before seven it's snack time, "sizzling spiders hot out of the pan... whipped cream-colored ants"; before eight it's musical chairs, six frantic witches scrambling for five seats when the music ends. And so it goes, hour after hour, each bringing a scarier game, werewolves bobbing for apples, vampires cutting out pumpkin faces, hide-and-seek in the dark of night.

Beware! When the clock strikes twelve, it's time to take off the masks, everyone exposed. As the final chimes begin, all the partygoers gather for the unveiling. The children look around them, their eyes suddenly as big as saucers; it seems these party people are really scary monsters! With a shriek, the neighborhood kids run from the house on Shivermore Street and a Halloween party they'll never forget. In vivid Halloween colors, a pea green moon, a navy blue sky, goblins and ghouls eerie faces lit my orange candlelight, the fanciful illustrations are scary without being frightening, creepy and strange, spine-tingling. Page by page, the party accelerates, until the final countdown. Part of the revelry, the children have no idea what is happening until everyone is unmasked. This entertaining tale delighted my granddaughter as we read, hour by hour, deliciously building up to the midnight surprise. Luan Gaines/ 2005.
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A Halloween masquerade party is taking place on Shivermore Street. The costumes are varied, the food a bit unsettling, and then the clock strikes THIRTEEN!!! At thirteen the fun begins with a surprise, sure to give shivers as the party comes to an end!

Everyone is getting ready for the masquerade party at the house at the end of Shivermore Street. It's an eerie night with a pea green moon. It's six o'clock as the party begins.

Food consists of insect treats, as much as you want, if you're brave enough to try. From seven to eight a game of musical chairs is played until all the witches are out. From eight until nine, five vampires set to work carving five pumpkins so that by nine the jack o'lanterns are burning bright. Bobbing for apples isn't easy especially for werewolves who always miss the apples, even though they have GREAT BIG teeth. From ten to eleven the house on Shivermore Street is silent with a game of hide-and-go-seek as everyone hides from a little fat ghost. Then it's time for a game of limbo and what better way than using a broom. Unfortunatly for the mummies they lose their wrappings as they go and need to be re-rolled. A dance of do-si-do is in full swing as the clock strikes THIRTEEN!

As the clock strikes thirteen everyone holds their breath and prepares to take off their mask. On the count of three the surprising twist is complete, not everyone is who you'd think. The guests, who came to the party at the beginning of the story, scream and run away from the party on Shivermore Street.

For some added fun when reading this book, turn down the lights and play some spooky sounding music to get everyone in the mood.
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