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Hallowilloween: Nefarious Silliness from Calef Brown Hardcover – September 6, 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 2-5–Brown's playful collection of poems and paintings is likely to inspire as many giggles as it does shivers. Readers meet a werewolf named Jack, Duncan the shrunken head, and an unhappy mummy: “Why oh why/was I so badly mummified?/Where is the pride/in good mummification?” Gory René admires his self-portrait, a faithful rendering of his festering sores and hideous mange until his painted image turns oddly handsome, and in shame, he hides it away in the attic. “The Vumpire” stares at the back of players' necks; and the “Oompachupa Loompacabra” lures goats with chocolate bars, then “gobbles up their brains.” Brown's acrylic illustrations add to the creepy silliness: an artful mix of naive and stylized, whimsical details and vibrant color. Young readers will relish the wordplay and find themselves torn to choose a favorite among this wacky menagerie. Fans of Eve Merriam and Lane Smith's Halloween ABC (1995) and Spooky ABC (2002, both S & S) will be won over by Brown's whimsy.Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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"A modern master of nonsense verse reaches new heights of giddiness with this Halloween-themed collection. . . . Nefariously silly indeed."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Brown's acrylic illustrations add to the creepy silliness: an artful mix of naive and stylized, whimsical details and vibrant color. Young readers will relish the wordplay and find themselves torn to choose a favorite among this wacky menagerie."--School Library Journal, starred review

Soup for Breakfast

"The acrylic paintings that accompany the poems are done in appropriately vegetal, soupy hues and feature the illustrator’s characteristic childlike perspective and sense of fancy...Brown’s playfulness with language provides food for thought as well as "soup for breakfast."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"A smorgasbord of punditry and weirdness, this collection will remind kids that poetry and pictures can exist just for kicks."--Publishers Weekly

 
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"The wackiness and offbeat sophistication push the art from just plain goofy to meaningfully eccentric."—School Library Journal

 
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"This follow-up to Brown's Polkabats and Octopus Slacks has the same wacky creativity and energy that made the first book such a delight. . . . The far-out 'plots' and silly pictures will interest younger children but older readers especially will revel in the fanciful possibilities."—School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547215401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547215402
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carey Hagan on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It can be really hard to find good quality holiday poems, no matter the holiday: some are too twee [as the British say], some are too lame, some are too forced. These poems hold their own, and they're quirky, unique, and funny. The drawings complement them perfectly and are really cool. Basically, my son [2nd grade] and I read them, and I think most of them would sit well with grades 2 and above. Many of them are quirky character studies [such as "Jack," or "Lone Star Witches," or "The Vumpire"] or cool, rhyming mini-stories ["Cat Battle," or "The Portrait of Gory Rene"]. They all have something for adults, too, which I liked. As far as children's poetry goes, these are both high quality and engaging at the same time. I highly recommend this book.
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Calef Brown has been a favorite in our family since my daughter (now 7) received Flamingos on the Roof for her second birthday. The rhymes are well done and engaging; both adults and children really enjoy them. The illustrations fit the poems perfectly, and provide a great graphical representation. This book, Hallowilloween, I have read to my daughter's kindergarten and first grade class and also to my son's preschool classes before Halloween. The kids get a kick out of it, and always get a laugh. Watch out for the Oompacra Lumpacabra!
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My children are obsessed with Halloween and when we found out that Calef Brown had a Halloween book, we had to get it! It's a hilarious take on most of the monsters of halloween. You won't regret getting this book!
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I used this book for a storytime program with children- though some of the language was more adult than they could handle- the rhythm of the rhymes and the overall humor of the stories came across...kids asked me to read certain stories over and over again. A great Halloween read- and one of those rare kids books that's equally entertaining for adults. Illustrations are also really wonderful.
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Granted, the poems can be hard to read if you don't know how to read poetry, but if you do you won't be disappointed!
My preschool son is in love with all things Halloween right now and this book hit the spot with great illustrations and wacky but not too scary creatures. Perfect!!
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Brown is clearly enjoying the opportunity to play with sound in these fanciful nonsense verses inspired by the season's spooky holiday.
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lots of fun, great illustrations.
not just like a lot of kids books, i just wish it were longer.
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