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The Halloween Kid Hardcover – August 3, 2010
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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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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
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Things that I really like about The Halloween Kid:
- It's written with childlike wonder and innocence. (This book isn't jaded or tainted by any modern snark.)
- The illustrations are expressive, cute, and textured like old paintings. (It feels rich)
- Many of the pages are "distressed" making the tome feel old and vintage... a cool touch.
- The art is fabulous, just like Montijo's other book, Cloudboy.Cloud Boy
- My 8 year old son liked it as much as his parents!
A really cool book for fans of Halloween and/or goblins!
My two boys have had me already read this rootin', tootin' tale of heroism to them several times, they really enjoyed the toilet-paper-tossing mummies and pumpkin-sucking vampires.
If you have kids, nieces, newphews, grandchildren, or just love children and Halloween, I highly recomend this children's Halloween book by Rhode Montijo.