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Shivery Shades of Halloween Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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PreS-K—Can colors other than orange and black be associated with Halloween? Upbeat rhymes make the case for a multihued holiday. For instance, blue can be found in "Darkness falling,/Wizard's robe,/Touch of magic,/Crystal globe,/Chilly-spilly, gloomy-doomy, dreary-weary/Wash of blue." Green is in an eerie glow; white is "A skull, a spook/A face gone \\pale…"; and so on. Cartoon illustrations of nonmenacing monsters, as well as an adorably smiling bat-winged, one-eyed creature that appears on every page, soften the edges of what could be macabre verses if they stood on their own, e.g., "burning-churning, blushing-gushing/Stain of red." A nice summary of all the colors appears at the end, as if the aforementioned wizard conjured up a spell to make a perfect Halloween. A solid and fun read-aloud.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, October 2014
"This creative color concept book uses Halloween as a vehicle for exploring a wide spectrum of shades. . . The depictions of spooky Halloween characters are definitely more silly than scary, making this an excellent choice for little ones . . . There is plenty of readaloud potential here."
Booklist, August 1, 2014:
"Can colors other than orange and black be associated with Halloween? Upbeat rhymes make the case for a multihued holiday . . . A solid and fun read-aloud."
Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2014:
"A bright new addition to the Halloween shelves."
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When thinking about Halloween, certain colors come to mind right away, black, orange and purple being the first ones to pop into our heads. But did you know Halloween is way more colorful than just that? Halloween is also red, brown, yellow, blue, gray, white and green! And thanks to this beautifully illustrated little book your child will learn to spot the other, less-obvious colors of Halloween, and to associate them with many different adjectives (for example: blue is chilly-spills, gloomy-doomy, dreary-weary).
Jimmy Pickering's are not horribly detailed, but they have this gorgeous Halloween-y quality to them that just works here. The blues and the whites are chilly and frosty, the grays are cool and nicely textured (stone-like, well-shaded), the yellows and oranges are glowy and shiny.. He knows what effect will work with what color and thanks to that his illustrations are vibrant eye-catching and wonderful to look at. The colors are saturated and rich, and they really pop off the pages.
Mary MacKenna Siddal's writing draws you in and instantly puts you in a trick-or-treating mood. The rhymes are simple, but very engaging, and the descriptions of colors are just too silly to read them with a straight face. They make for a very entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny read, and I think parents will love them just as much as kids will.
Overall, Shivery Shades Of Halloween is a fantastic and spell-binding book. A creative and mesmerizing way to teach your child about colors and the spirit of Halloween. This is definitely one of the best Halloween-themed picture books I've seen around this season. Your child will love it!
Both my 3 year-old and my 6 year-old wanted to hear this every night for weeks before and after Halloween. I actually had to put the book away and pull out Thanksgiving books and I still get requests for this one. I keep deflecting, though because even favorite books should be set aside for a time to create opportunities to find new favorites.
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