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10 TRICK-OR-TREATERS by Janet Schulman


A Halloween Counting Book

by Janet Schulman & illustrated by Linda Davick

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 9th, 2005
ISBN: 0-375-83225-4
Publisher: Random House

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)