From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When ten creepy monsters meet beneath a pine tree, they get into all sorts of trouble that helps readers count backward from ten to one. "Nine creepy monsters trudged with lurching gait./One lost his foot,/and then there were eight." Though dark and full of suspicious characters, the single pages and spreads rendered in rich acrylics are full of comedy, which keeps the book entertaining rather than scary. After the second to last monster-a vampire-rushes off in the sunrise, readers are left with one monster hurrying home. An abandoned mask, strewn candy, and a sleeping boy tell the rest of the story. Fun for Halloween or for counting anytime.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A collection of familiar monsters (a ghost, a witch, a mummy, and so on) heads out on a dark and creepy night and disappears, one by one, until the last ghoul standing removes his mask, drops his bag of candy, and climbs into bed. Along the way, each monster is eliminated according to his or her monsterhood: the ghost blows away; the werewolf howls at the moon; the scarecrow lights a match. Armstrong-Ellis’ textured images, full of spooky spirit and clever detail, add to the fun. A happy Halloween outing. Preschool-Grade 1. --Thom Barthelmess