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On a Windy Night Hardcover – October, 2010

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PreS-Gr 1–A costumed boy walks home through the woods on Halloween night. As “Clouds hide the moon–/and/in/creeps/fright,” the trick-or-treater starts to hear a dire warning: “CRACKLETY-CLACK, BONES IN A SACK./THEY COULD BE YOURS–IF YOU LOOK BACK.” As he races though the field, his mind plays tricks on him and he mistakes cornstalks for dancing skeletons and a giant pumpkin for a head. As his fear escalates, the rhyming refrain appears in a larger font size. The tension builds as a menacing shadow “rubs against his legs.” With a sigh of relief, the “hairy beast” is revealed to be the family cat. There is another surprise when “CRACKLETY-CLACK” is heard once more inside the house–this time coming from a mouse nibbling its way through the boy's candy bag. The crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations have a spooky appeal. Swaying tree branches take the shape of a cat and clouds appear as dinosaurs and ghosts. A rhythmic, atmospheric read-aloud.Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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"There's enough Halloween fright to satisfy adventurous young readers, and a comforting ending for those with jangled nerves." -Publishers Weekly

"A rhythmic, atmospheric read-aloud."-School Library Journal

"For preschoolers, this book will likely be the source of repeated read-alouds filled with spine-tingling squeals of fright and delight."-BookPage
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810939002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810939004
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up, I spent many hours playing in the woods with my sisters, brother, and dog Puppy. We had our own town, Green Meadows, where I published a newspaper written on leaves with "ink" from squished berries and charged 25 cents in hickory nut money.

My family was not surprised when I decided to become a writer. After college, I wrote for newspapers and magazines.

When I started reading to my kids, I remembered how much I loved picture books and started writing my own. I wished on pennies in a wishing well, and ten years later, my first picture book, The Lion's Whiskers, came out.

Now, my eighth picture book, Way Down Below Deep, is being published. My husband and I live on an island, where I think up ideas while walking the beach and swimming in the ocean. One of my missions is to help today's kids connect with nature.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on November 6, 2011
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This is a terrific book for Halloween that's just the right amount of spooky! We were fortunate to have the author come to our prekindergarten classroom for a reading! Buy this book so you can have it for next year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VS Grenier Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
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Synopsis: On a dark and windy Halloween night, a young boy makes his way home from trick-or-treating. As he walks through the woods, he hears a strange voice whisper in his ear:
CRACKLETY-CLACK, BONES IN A SACK. THEY COULD BE YOURS--IF YOU LOOK BACK.

The faster the boy runs, the louder the voice gets. He spots a bat in a tree and skeletons dancing in a nearby field. Have the woods come to life, or is it just his imagination? With hidden images to find and a refrain that encourages readers to change along, this engaging book is perfect for sharing at Halloween or on any dark, windy night.

Overall thoughts: This is a perfect prose for a Halloween themed read aloud, especially if it's a cold windy night. My five year old daughter had me read this to her twice every night for the last week. The illustrations are packed with ghostly shapes, monster changing clouds and other hidden images for children to find. There wasn't a single page where my daughter didn't find a spooky haunt.

I won't give away the ending, but it has a nice twist at the end. Kids will laugh when moon reveals the true picture of what they thought was following them and the young boy in the dark.

What I love about this book is the not too scary for young readers storyline. Yet, it's one story every child and adult can relate to when they are out alone in the dark and cold of the night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Waldron on September 7, 2010
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This is a wonderful book for Halloween, full of imaginative illustrations and a fun rhyming story. I found it recently at a book festival, and the first time I read it to my daughter (2.5) she wanted me to read it three times... "Again? Again?"
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By Sarita on December 19, 2013
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This book is amazing - my preschooler loves it - it is just scary enough to be good for Halloween, but not too scary for kids - it all ends up to be his imagination :-)

Great rhyming, he learned the book after only a few reads and you can really do some fun things with this book. Highly recommend (we started off with just getting from the library and purchased because we loved it so much.) Definitely good for a collection at home and worth it.
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