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Special indeed are holiday stories with the right mix of high spirits and subtle mystery to please both adults and children--Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," for example. Or Ray Bradbury's classic The Halloween Tree. Eight boys set out on a Halloween night and are led into the depths of the past by a tall, mysterious character named Moundshroud. They ride on a black wind to autumn scenes in distant lands and times, where they witness other ways of celebrating this holiday about the dark time of year. Bradbury's lyrical prose whooshes along with the pell-mell rhythms of children running at night, screaming and laughing, and the reader is carried along by its sheer exuberance.
Bradbury's stories about children are always attended by dread--of change, adulthood, death. The Halloween Tree, while sweeter than his adult literature, is also touched at moments by the cold specter of loss--which is only fitting, of course, for a holiday in honor of the waning of the sun.
This is a superb book for adults to read to children, a way to teach them, quite painlessly, about customs and imagery related to Halloween from ancient Egypt, Mediterranean cultures, Celtic Druidism, Mexico, and even a cathedral in Paris. (One caveat, though: Bradbury unfortunately perpetuates a couple of misconceptions about Samhain, or summer's end, the Halloween of ancient Celts and contemporary pagans.) This beautiful reprint edition has the original black-and-white illustrations and a new color painting on the dust jacket. --Fiona Webster
"If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mystery-history trip. You couldn't have a better guide than Ray Bradbury."--Boston GlobeSee all Editorial Reviews
I love the movie so when I found out there was a book I knew I had to purchase it. The book is amazing and intense.Published 8 days ago by Katherine Mediavilla
This is one of my favorite books and I read it every Halloween! Perfect for getting into the spooky Halloween spirit!Published 1 month ago by TXSarah
The is a great book. I am a big fan of Ray Bradbury. Check out the Martian chronicles ,The Illustrated man.Published 1 month ago by Darker Than Black
Wonderful story for middle school age children & adults. It is full of adventure & the meaning of true friendship. I read this story every October.Published 3 months ago by Karen S. Augustsson
Review for my COPY of the book only...Pay a bit extra for a better copy. I went with a cheap, used copy and I regret it. The pages are all yellow. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary
Got the book and it looked good, but different cover artwork then what was the online image.Published 4 months ago by William McCarty