HALLOWEEN by Harry Behn

HALLOWEEN

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Age Range: 5 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

“Tonight is the night / when dead leaves fly / like witches on switches / across the sky . . . ” Couch illustrates a brief rhyme from Behn’s first collection of poetry for children with shadowy, atmospheric views of a trio of costumed trick-or-treaters, who grow increasingly spooked as ghouls, witches, and eerily glowing jack-o-lanterns rise about them. Young audiences will respond with delighted shivers as the three fetch up in a misty graveyard, where menacing figures beckon—but turn out to be welcoming the newcomers to a party. Leers and grimaces turn to smiles, and after a bit of wild dancing, the relieved trio vanishes into the fog, waving goodbye. A surefire crowd-pleaser, with just the right reading on the fright scale for sharing with more suggestible audiences. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7358-1609-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2003




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