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
This is one of my favorite books and I read it every Halloween! Perfect for getting into the spooky Halloween spirit!Published 12 days 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 20 days 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 2 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 2 months ago by Mary
Got the book and it looked good, but different cover artwork then what was the online image.Published 3 months ago by William McCarty