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Spooky Hour Hardcover – August 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439603730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439603737
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

More About the Author

Tony Mitton is a widely anthologized and popular children's poet, as well as a teacher and performing poet. His Royal Raps won the 1997 Nottinghamshire Libraries/Dillons Children's Book Award. The Red and White Spotted Handkerchief is the winner of the 2000 Smarties Prize. His recent collection of poetry, Plum, won the Publishers Weekly 2003 Cuffies Award for Best Book of Poetry. Tony teamed with illustrator Ant Parker on several books, including Dazzling Diggers, Roaring Rockets, and Terrific Trains. Tony lives in Cambridge, England with his family and his pet cat, Tiggy. Visit his website at www.tonymitton.co.uk

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Any child would love this Halloween adventure.
Lauren
We have read it so many times that I have half the book memorized.
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This is a great story with fantastic illustrations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on September 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Witches, ghosts, wizards, and spiders are what make this book come alive. Counting down from twelve ringing bells to one big pumpkin pie, this book will keep the reader entertained through the whole story. In this book, the major characters are a dog and a cat that travel to a castle and meet many spooky creatures on their way. The dog and cat begin on their journey when they see twelve ringing bells that set the spooky, fun, and suspenseful mood of the story. Next, they meet eleven witches, ten friendly ghosts, nine skeletons, and eight spooky owls. The journey continues when the dog and cat see seven spooky-eyed cats, six trolls, five fat spiders, and four wizards. When the dog and cat arrive at the castle, three men in armor meet them at the front gate. Mitch and Titch, the witchy twins, meet them at the front door with one big pumpkin pie. The Halloween party begins, food is served, and games are played. After everyone is partied out, they all go home and go to sleep. This book is very fun and energetic. Any child would love this Halloween adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Willis-center on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have 2 sons, now ages 6 & 4, we've had this book for 4 years and for all four years we have read this book at least once EVERY SINGLE DAY! My 4 year old can even recite the book himself without even looking at the pictures. I hate to even admit this, but sometimes we are still reading this close to Thanksgiving (ssshhh please don't tell everyone, but we are all nuts for this book). I Love it, my sons love it, and we are all ecstatic to have tried this one out. I just hope we can find more of these for other holidays or this one might make it to Christmas this year :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2006
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My 2 year old daughter absolutely loves this book. She has been reading it many times a day for over a month! It's a counting book too, and this one gets her counting better than her other books. I first got it from the library to familiarize her with the spooky stuff she'd start to see at Halloween time, and I didn't want her to be scared. It's an upbeat, friendly book, and now she likes ghosts, witches, and skeletons. I had to buy it because I couldn't renew it anymore!!
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My 3 year old daughter wanted to check this book out from the library almost every week. So I thought it would be a great Halloween present! Starts w/the number twelve and you count down "spooky" characters such as skeletons, spiders, witches, etc. Very cute book! I'd definitely recommend it!
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By Dena on October 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was a lot of fun to read. I love books that are written in rhyming prose. This book was a spooky delight! It counted monsters down from twelve, then gives them all a Halloween party! It was fun to read and fun for my kids to listen to. Perfect for Halloween, too.

I love Guy Parker-Rees' illustrations. They are bright, colorful, and fun. A master of his craft, he lends his creative hand to enhance the enjoyment of this spooktacular party!
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Great book!!!! My 21 month old son is obsessed. He wants to read it everyday, and randomly shouts out lines from the book & then starts cracking up hysterically (prowling, scowling, howling!). The story gives tons of opporutnity to get creative and have fun. love - so cute to see how happy it makes him. Would definately recommend this book as a must have
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