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Very Scary Library Binding – September, 1995
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2?A delightful holiday story in which the text and pictures go hand in hand to create a perfect Halloween treat. An "orange pumpkin moon" shines down on a field chock-full of pumpkins, and the biggest one actually absorbs the moonlight. That beautiful, brightly shining pumpkin impresses an owl, a black cat, crickets, and a wicked-looking witch. But when the costumed children come, they carve a perfect jack-o'-lantern that frightens everyone as it shouts, "'Boo!'" Johnston's poetic text begs to be read aloud and Florian's brilliant, primitive watercolors in oranges, blues, and browns are filled with subtle tricks. There are faintly painted faces on all of the pumpkins, scary shapes in the shadows, and a hint of each new character on the page before it fully appears. This is the kind of book every library should have?beautiful words, wonderful pictures, and a great story. Don't miss it!?Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 3^-5. Absorbing the light of the orange moon, a big pumpkin sits in its field and soon attracts an owl, a cat, some crickets, a witch, and a group of children in Halloween costumes. When a girl boldly carves the pumpkin into a jack-o'lantern, it shouts "BOO!" and frightens everyone away. Rhythmic and sometimes rhyming, the words create the story's atmosphere with economy and style. The mysterious watercolor scenes, in many shades of orange and midnight blue, will reward those who take the time to look closely. Best of all, children who look forward to transforming themselves on Halloween will share the pumpkin's pride in being very scary. A satisfying mood book to read aloud on the holiday. Carolyn Phelan