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Just Say Boo! Hardcover – July 24, 2012

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PreS-Gr 1-Three costumed youngsters prance throughout their neighborhood on Halloween in this rhyming story that teaches tiny trick-or-treaters to "just say BOO!" to scary situations. The story begins wordlessly on the endpapers, where the children leave the house with their father. "If the ghosts in the trees wibble-wobble your knees, what do you say?" A quick turn of the page instructs readers to shout, "BOO!" The revelers encounter spooky shadows, whiny wind, flickering grins in a jack-o'-lantern, and groaning skeletons along their travels. When they reach a house, they say "TRICK OR TREAT!" instead, and then "Thank you!" The story continues homeward bound where their mother and a younger sibling are waiting. When the children shout out "BOO" at their door, the baby is startled, and the story ends with the older siblings teaching the toddler to "just say BOO!" The art is done in muted watercolors dipped in a fall palette of oranges, browns, and rusty reds. Touches of humor abound, keeping the story light and nonthreatening. The simple text will make this an interactive choice for fall sharing. Useful for libraries that are always in need of new Halloween titles.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Just Say Boo!
Susan Hood, illus. by Jed Henry. Harper, $12.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-201029-2
"There's a comforting warmth underlying Hood's rhymes, and Henry's copper and silver palette gives the story a note of timelessness." Ages 3-8. -- STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
Reviewed on: 07/30/2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062010298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062010292
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan Riordan on August 12, 2012
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Just Say Boo by Susan Hood is sure to be a Halloween classic. It captures all the fun, excitement and the bit of nervousness that children feel on Halloween. The lyrical language and rhythm will draw the children in. And what child (or adult) will be able to pass up the chance to join in on a rolicking refrain of "BOO!". This is a book that I will read again and again to my family and my students.
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By Kris on October 6, 2012
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This is my favorite of the three Halloween children's books I received from Harper Collins for review, and I think it was actually meant for a younger audience than the other two. Being the whacky, fun-loving person that I am, I highly enjoyed this book. Susan Hood presents us with various situations to say "Boo!" and other Halloween-related words in a fun and highly entertaining way that parents and their young children will enjoy reading together. Because we come to expect the word "Boo," I had even more fun when a different word came up, and I'm sure that young children will find it as entertaining as I did. If you only read one out of all three of these books, let it be this one. I love it, and my friend recommends it too. It is so much fun!
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Just Say Boo is a must have for any story time collection! Be warned though, it is sure to result in a loud and boisterous time for all involved. Well written, with a repeating refrain that just demands high energy audience participation, Just Say Boo is the perfect Halloween read for any group of preschoolers. It touches on all the scary aspects of Halloween without getting too scary, and even manages to deliver a short lesson on trick or treat manners. It empowers children, giving them control of things that might scare them by just reminding them that all they have to do is say Boo! Charming illustrations only add to what is a note perfect Halloween read aloud.
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Not only is this a fun read-aloud, but it also gets the younger set reading and participating as well. It's win/win fun for both parent/child and teacher/student. I heard the author read this at a library and the kids were so excited to be able to yell out "Boo" when they knew it was their turn. To keep their attention, there is at least one instance where the word isn't Boo, but rhymes with Boo.

I bought copies for both my children's elementary school teachers and I know they'll get pulled out and read year after year.
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By Cynthia B French on September 25, 2012
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Susan Hood's Just Say Boo is a fun read aloud book for parent/teacher and child.
In addition to inviting participation, the book offers a soothing message about dealing with scary frights.
I second Joan Riordan's review and would add that following the refrain BOO will come the familiar
MORE and AGAIN refrains from the audience. I have just ordered copies for nieces and nephews and only wish that this came in a board book version too.
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