From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–This rhythmic, storytime counting treat features a frightfully friendly cast of characters on their way to a monsters' bash. "Eleven witches," "Ten funny, floaty ghosts," "Nine skeletons," and so on make their way across a dark forest to a party in a castle, where they all slice into "One gigantic pumpkin pie." Mitton's catchy rhyming couplets correspond nicely with Parker-Rees's floodlit illustrations. Colorful two-page paintings show marching trolls and dancing wizards. On some spreads, two single-page illustrations are paired together, and details in the art cross the book's gutters–a sprig of grass here, the bristles of a broom there–and keep the action flowing smoothly. This book is good, nonthreatening Halloween fun for even the youngest of children.–Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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About the Author
Winner of the Smarties Silver Medal, Tony Mitton didn't start writing for children until he was around 40 but recalls having a keen interest in poetry and story from an early age. He grew up in North Africa, Germany, Hong Kong, and England. An elementary school teacher for over 25 years, he gave up teaching to concentrate solely on writing. "What I probably most like doing is writing poems and verse. I love tinkering with the words until I've got them just right." Living in Cambridge, England, with his wife and two children, Mitton enjoys giving author performances at school and library events. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in England, Guy Parker-Rees went to York University before going on to found "Art Attack," a mural painting co-operative that runs workshops and play schemes. He then worked as an Arts and Crafts teacher at a Cardiff hospital, working with people with learning difficulties, and eventually setting up an Art Therapy Department for people with mental health problems. Since 1989, Parker-Rees has been a freelance illustrator, working on more than 40 children's books to date. His book, Giraffes Can't Dance, by Giles Andreae, was a Blue Peter Book Award's "Best Book to Read Aloud." Guy Parker-Rees lives in London, England.