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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

When I was asked to write this story, I was stuck until a fellow writer suggested I look at it from the monsters' point of view - it was their big holiday. So I wrote this fun take on monsters getting their haunted house ready for trick-or-treaters and throwing a Halloween night party.

About the Author

Natasha Wing still gets dressed up and goes out for Halloween. She lives in Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Night Before
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; English Language edition (August 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448419653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448419657
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Natasha Wing was born in Connecticut and now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. After graduating from Arizona State University, she worked in advertising for a number of years. It wasn't until 1991 that she decided to write children's books. Luckily she sold her first book within six months and has been writing children's books and articles ever since. Some of her books have even ended up on bestseller lists, including the wildly popular The Night Before series.

"I'm curious about many things- people, holidays, underdogs, little known historic figures - and translate my excitement for a topic into books for kids to enjoy. Story ideas are popping into my head all the time, so you never know what my next book will be. But that's what's so fun about writing."

To find out more about Natasha Wing and how to Skype with her go to www.natashawing.com.

Favorite Children's Books: The Polar Express (I have a signed copy!), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cat in the Hat, The Golden Compass, Harry Potter; Favorite Season: Fall; Favorite Tree: Maple; Favorite Colors: Cranberry red and fuscia pink; Pet: Purrsia the lynx point kitty Professional: Member of Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Children's Book Insider.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
The idea of the monsters getting ready for Haloween was great. I loved the book. I bought 10 copies and gave them to friends and relatives. They had received the Night Before Easter Book and were looking forward to the continuation of the next Night Before series. We are anxiously awaiting The Night Before Valentines Day.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
My 2 1/2 year old just loves Halloween. He was born Oct. 28th so he's definitely a Halloween baby and he loves everything to do with the holiday including seeing pumpkins, bats and spiders. This delightful book by Natasha Wing is a Halloween takeoff on "Twas the Night Before Christmas" following the same pattern except that in this book various ghouls and goblins are preparing for Halloween and for the children who will soon be knocking at their front door. The Illustrations by Cynthia Fisher perfectly fit the fun tone and pace of the book and my little loves reading this one over and over...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JulieRez VINE VOICE on September 30, 2008
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My 4 year old is OBSESSED with halloween, so trust me - we've read just about every halloween picture book and early chapter book that we can get our hands on.

"The Night Before Halloween", is told in the same rhyming verse as "The Night Before Christmas" story; and follows the monsters as they prepare for Halloween. The verse is easy for kids to follow and the illustrations are colorful and detailed. This book has become a quick favorite for us to read at bedtime.

I would absolutely recommend adding this to your Halloween book list. Also check out "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - this is another of our favorites this year.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Crawford on November 17, 2007
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I read this aloud to a class of first graders and they enjoyed the fun ryhming text and colorful illustrations. They were familiar with the similar Christmas story, so were interested in seeing how the Halloween version would play out. My very young grandson loves the story and pictures, too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TXSarah on October 29, 2012
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My toddler loves this book and asks for it often. It's a very cute read for Halloween and is appropriate for even very young children.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Arnold on October 7, 2005
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My 5 year old son loves holloween books. This one is up there with one of his favorites! Great illustrations and story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie F DiGregorio on May 22, 2013
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This book flows like a song when you read it. My kids love this story! It has wonderful illustrations and keeps them entertained. I highly recommend if you are looking for the perfect Halloween story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April J. Carman on October 1, 2008
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My son loves this book and it is his first request every single night lately. The twist on "Twas the night before Christmas" and the cadence to the book makes it an easy book to read before bedtime.
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