WHAT WILL YOU BE FOR HALLOWEEN? by Mark Todd

WHAT WILL YOU BE FOR HALLOWEEN?

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

From vampires to robots, this purports to be a guide to all the things that a child could be for Halloween. Each pair of pages features a simple drawing of a spooky suggestion faced by a short verse extolling its virtues. “A courageous cowgirl in spurs and chaps” and “A ghastly ghost white and creepy” might help spark the creativity of young children as they answer the age-old question, “What will you be for Halloween?” The bright colors and bold lines of the simple drawings could have made this a good read-aloud selection, but unfortunately, the awkward rhyming verse makes it a challenge. The clarity and simplicity found throughout the artwork is lost in the final illustration as all the characters (none of them particularly original) meet at the door of the child who started the list while still in his room, surrounded by clues to the costumes. This jumbled drawing makes for a frustrating ending to an uninspired look at a holiday that deserves better. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-618-08803-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2001




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