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The Halloween Kid Hardcover – August 3, 2010
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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.
P.S. People who complain about the grammar are tools. It's supposed to have an old-timey feel. Duh.
The overall story of THE HALLOWEEN KID is enjoyable and it has a good message about standing up and doing the right thing even when you're afraid. However, what I liked most about the book is the writing style and the illustrations. The book is written and illustrated by the same person, which is somewhat unusually in children's books. My parents grew up watching Westerns on tv and at the movies and as a result, I grew up watching many of those shows through tapes and on cable. There is a particular style to a Western and ones from that era or even more distinct. THE HALLOWEEN KID perfectly captures the distinct mood, style, and tone of the old-time Westerns. Not only that, but all of the illustrations are drawn in mostly shades of orange and black with a hint of brown and a few tints of yellow. Overall, it makes for a very memorable and enjoyable Halloween children's book. So, sit back, relax and travel back to those days of yesteryear with THE HALLOWEEN KID.
This book is cute, especially the colorful illustrations with a retro sort of look. The story too, is a cute one, but I had a issue with the terrible grammar which I'm guessing was meant to be cute, but just really bugged me.
"He wasn't afraid if nothin".
"In fact he done did such a good job at wranglin Halloween Hoodlums, that Halloween was just dandy for years".
If you can get beyond the writing style you most likely will enjoy this book. Recommended for grades K-2.
Rating - 3.5/5 stars