10 TRICK-OR-TREATERS by Janet Schulman

10 TRICK-OR-TREATERS

A Halloween Counting Book
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Schulman gives the traditional count-down book a Halloween twist in this adaptation of the classic rhyme involving monkeys bouncing on a bed. When ten children embark upon an evening of candy-collecting, they meet up with a motley crew of Halloween creatures. From a harmless toad to a monster on the prowl for candy, the trick-or-treaters’ numbers lessen by one with each eerie encounter. Schulman’s verses successfully match the bouncy rhythm of the traditional rhyme while incorporating more whimsical aspects of Halloween into the descriptions of the children’s activities. Davick’s brightly hued illustrations go a long way to distill any frightening overtones in the tale. Each creature encountered is carefully depicted as harmless; the bat bears a smiling visage, the “mummy” is obviously a fellow trick-or-treater with purple polka-dotted underwear poking out of its wrappings, etc. Vibrant depictions of clever costumes will set readers to dreaming of their own Halloween escapades and the last page recaps with a Halloween candy graph representing the numerals ten through zero. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 9th, 2005
ISBN: 0-375-83225-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Random House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2005




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