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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416935754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416935759
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 YEE-HA-LLOWEEN! is the battle cry of the Halloween Kid, who rides his stick horse into suburban anytown USA and rids the place of all manner of Halloween-hatin' varmints. Text written in cowboy lingo enhances the rootin' tootin' fun as the Halloween Kid lassos toilet-paper mummies, leaf-pile ghosts, and the Giant Miami Werewolf. When the Kid meets his match in the greedy Goodie Goblins, the local children rescue him for a change, bringing the tale to a sweet and satisfying conclusion. This rollicking story projects a delightfully retro style and sensibility, aided by black, white, and orange brush-and-ink illustrations reminiscent of cartoons from the Eisenhower era. A treat for storytime as well as for independent reading and a must for Halloween picture-book collections. Amy Rowland, Shelter Rock Elementary School, Manhasset, NY
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From Booklist

When tricks interfere with treats on a suburban street, it’s up to the Halloween Kid to save the night. With his trusty stick horse, mysterious Lone Ranger mask, and contagious catchphrase, “Yee-Ha-lloween!” he is able to foil TP-crazy mummies, pumpkin-sucking vampires, and tropical werewolves. Then some Goodie Goblins come to town and threaten the very existence of the holiday. It’s the Kid himself who needs saving, and the neighborhood teams up to do just that, proving that even heroes can use some help now and then. The orange, yellow, and black digitally-enhanced art sets the 1950s-flavored scene, and the cowboy lingo adds even more fun in its celebration of “good ol’-fashioned dressin’ up and gettin’ some sweet eats.” This western-themed romp is a sure winner for sharing aloud at Halloween. Preschool-Grade 2. --Andrew Medlar

More About the Author

Very little is known about author/illustrator Rhode Montijo (believed to be pronounced Roe-dee Mone-tee-hoe). His children's books have delighted children and sardines for many years. Some of his creations include CLOUD BOY (about a lonely cloud boy who creates the shapes in the clouds that we see), THE HALLOWEEN KID (about a mysterious masked cowboy kid who defends Halloween) and most recently, THE GUMAZING GUM GIRL (about a gum-obsessed girl who accidently becomes a sticky superhero). He has illustrated many other books. It is believed that Rhode Montijo is also some sort of an inventor and has created a dream-helmet that allows him to draw his dreams!

Visit The Fantasmical World of Rhode Montijo at rhodemontijo.com for less answers and more questions!

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My 5 year old loved it.
Christatrudeau
If you have kids, nieces, newphews, grandchildren, or just love children and Halloween, I highly recomend this children's Halloween book by Rhode Montijo.
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THE HALLOWEEN KID perfectly captures the distinct mood, style, and tone of the old-time Westerns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sarahdn on November 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My two boys (5 & 2) LOVE this book! They make me read it every day. More than once. It's been 6 weeks now and they are not letting up. They love to yell YE-HA-LLOWEEN! They are definitely getting stick ponies for Christmas.

P.S. People who complain about the grammar are tools. It's supposed to have an old-timey feel. Duh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Glynn on September 22, 2012
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I was so thrilled when this arrived and I read through it! I couldn't wait to share it with the kids. The old-western lingo is terrific fun, the tempo is good, (I wish there were a few more details. But the kids get all the info they need from the illustrations and can fill in the rest with their imaginations) The illustrations are wonderful, So much better than I expected! The limited color palette keeps it all charming and gives it a classic children's book feel.

As for the writing style,think: cowboy narrator; sittin' round the campfire; tellin' tales as you're a readin' it to yer young-uns. That's the feel of this story. If you read it with an accent, they will recognize that you are playing a character, entertaining them, and not demonstrating how you wish them to speak in school.

I've looked for good Halloween books for years and this is definitely one of the best I've found. Other Halloween favorites at our house are: "Ghosts in the House" By K. Kohara, "Five Little Pumpkins" (pick your favorite illustrator), and "Room on the Broom" By J. Donaldson for three and up; and for longer attention spans (4-5 and up)- "The little Old Lady Who was Not Afraid of Anything" by L. Williams and "Too Many Pumpkins" by L. White.
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If you buy this book you will not regret it, once a year around Halloween Rhode M. opens up a web shop on his site and sells art and creatures. He took what is cool about Halloween and put a mex-sophisticated retro spin on it. The grammar part of the book is actually really easy, (just talk like a cowboy!) If you get a chance order a deputy badge from his site it is really well made and it makes the experience so real. Like any awesome artist he of course sent extras post cards stickers and goodies! My son loves loves loves this book. It is beautiful, I am a artist myself and I am super picky. I would put this book up there with the other go to Halloween books!!!!!
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By Trudi M on July 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I had a chance to meet this author at the San Diego Comic Con 2014. This is a cute book about a boy who loves Halloween and will do anything to save the day. Thisi s a very cute book and Rhode Montijo is not only the author but the illustrator of the book. I love his simple clean style of drawing. I would recommend this book to anyone with children. Also available are posters and sheriff style badges for the Halloween Kid.
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By Christatrudeau on September 29, 2013
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A seriously cute book. My 5 year old loved it. A clever little story, with a great "hero", & bad guys to boot.
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By SMFC on January 23, 2012
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This is my son's favorite book, especially when I use different voices for the characters. It is written in a way to emphasize a western accent and vocabulary. It is great for entertaining but not the book I would choose for improving english proficiency.
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