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By the Light of the Halloween Moon Paperback – October 9, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780761462446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761462446
  • ASIN: 0761462449
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-A cumulative tale in which a series of beasties and ghoulies threaten to nibble at a child's toes. These scary creatures run the gamut from the familiar bat and witch to the lesser-known ghoul and sprite. They emerge from tomb and darkness to pinch, grab, or bite the legs that are pictured dangling over the edge of the bridge. The pileup of menacing monsters and the close calls build tension until the complete picture of a self-assured little girl appears. Her fully capitalized expression of proprietary rights will assure readers that she knows how to take care of herself. The final scene, in which she fiddles a Halloween tune for the dancing monsters, creates a comic resolution, making the night a time of fun as well as near-terror. While the edges of the illustrations are sometimes fuzzy, the opaque jewel tones and the details of costume and expression make the ghosts anything but remote. A great nighttime party for all year round.
Ruth K. MacDonald, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Stutson's first is a catchy, lilting cumulative tale with glorious comical/scary illustrations. Wriggling on a relaxed bare foot dangling from a rickety footbridge (at the top of the pages, so that only its owner's legs are visible) is ``A toe!/A lean and gleaming toe/That taps a tune in the dead of night/By the light...of the Halloween moon!'' The action here is all under the bridge: a perching cat spies the toe; as it leaps for it, a witch snatches at the cat. The cumulation continues with a bat; ``A ghastly drooling graveyard ghoul/Who swats at the bat''; and a piratical ``williwaw ghost,'' as Hawkes silhouettes the vibrant, bug-eyed figures dramatically against the night's pitch black. Last comes a pan up to ``A small bright slip of a smiling girl,'' owner of the menaced toe and of a fiddle, with which she ``smacks the sprite/Who bites the ghost...'' while she tells them all, ``OH, NO YOU DON'T!/THAT TOE IS MINE!'' Hawkes's splendidly imaginative ghoulies and ghosties will delight both young monster-fanciers and admirers of his glowing painterly style and handsome compositions--as will nifty touches like mussels in the pirate's luminous beard, a cartoony worm in the ghoul's top hat, and the sly contrast between the girl's purely innocent bare legs and the boisterous underworld that never quite touches them. A must. (Picture book. 4-10) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Caroline was born in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and now lives in beautiful Colorado. She's the author of ten published picture books. When she's not writing or reading, she loves taking walks with her dog Seymour. She also has fun storytelling as a member of the Spellbinders. Whenever she can, she tutors elementary school students and does presentations during school visits.

Customer Reviews

He loves Halloween and so two of his favorite things in one book made this one of his favorites!
A.Jonak
Actually I ordered (4) - one for us to keep using and one for each of their memory boxes to read to their kids someday!
Mary Lyubomirsky
It's got the singsongy rythym children love, great (if gholish) illustrations and a great message.
Alida

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on September 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a cumulative rhyming story that begins with a child's pair of bare feet dangling peacefully over the side of a bridge in the silvery moonlight of a Halloween night. One by one, various creatures of the night reach forward to grab one of the little, unsuspecting toes, but each attempt, in turn, is botched by the next creature. Black cats, bats, witches, ghouls and other spooky folk take a crack at the toe and the suspense keeps building in a delightfully fun and entertaining way. The Halloween creatures are all so funny that this story really cannot be considered at all scary but the level of suspense takes it out of the realm of the cute and deftly places it in the realm of the spine-tingly! It's high spirited Halloween fun for one and all.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris's Daddy on January 24, 2005
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Like most 4 year olds, my son loves scary stories. Just as typically, he freaks out if the scary stories turn out to be, well, scary. This is a perfect scary-but-not-really story that's been our number one bedtime read for several months now. The cumulative (every page repeats the previous page and adds a line) poetic structure does a lot to hold his interest, as do the wonderfully goofy pictures. Lots of fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2000
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We have checked this book out many times from the library and have found it a pleasure everytime. The illustrations are wonderful and the text rhymes enough to keep even my smallest child interested. The story line is about Halloween characters catching sight of a little girls toe as it is visable 'By the Light of the Halloween Moon' . Each wants this toe for himself/herself but is foiled but another creature coming upon the same scene. Lots of fun and a good book to read with your children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marie on September 6, 2010
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I loved this delightfully written book. It focuses on a little girl who happens to be sitting at the edge of an old bridge and has her bare feet dangling from it. Soon, her toe, draws the attentions of a variety of ghosts and ghouls who vie for it's ownership. The story is set to a familiar style of poetry, "I knew an old lady who swallowed a fly...".
This books beautiful illistrations are set to a black background with rich, deep tones of greens and blues. A funny, heartwarming story for every age group.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lyubomirsky on November 2, 2010
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My kids have enjoyed this book since they were tiny - I had to order another one because it was falling apart from overuse. Actually I ordered (4) - one for us to keep using and one for each of their memory boxes to read to their kids someday!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly Lewis VINE VOICE on October 3, 2010
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This wonderful book has just the right mix of whimsy, rhyme and shiver to make it a great choice to read aloud on a cool night in October. Appropriate for even the youngest boys and ghouls, the text and pictures build on each other to a satisfying finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Caroline Stutson, By the Light of the Halloween Moon (Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard Books, 1993)

A fun little book that's headed for classic status, By the Light of the Halloween Moon is one that your kids will want to hear over and over again. Stutson gives the reader a solid rhythm (that never becomes too repetitive, at least not for the first twenty or so times in a row your kids will beg for it), a fun cast of characters who might not be familiar to the kids, and a great resolution. Make yourself up a little tune to go with the words and the kids will be singing along with you in no time. *** ˝
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mom2mny on December 26, 2007
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This is hands down our favorite Halloween book. We read and read our first copy until all the pages fell out! So we ordered another one.
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