SHIVERY SHADES OF HALLOWEEN by Mary McKenna Siddals

SHIVERY SHADES OF HALLOWEEN

Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Anyone who thought the colors of Halloween were limited to orange and black is obviously mistaken.

“What color is Halloween?” is the question posed to readers when they open this book. The clue is in the brightly hued letters in the word “color.” Each double-page spread features a new color paired with pithy rhyming verse that dramatically describes it. “Halloween is green. // Eerie glow, / Evil grin, / Vile brew, / Clammy skin.” Before the text moves on to the next shade, a nonsensical rhyming phrase sums it up: “Slimy-grimy, queasy-peasy, snotty-rotty / Tinge of green.” Siddals is consistent with the structure, frequently creating chuckle-inducing combinations, while Pickering employs his cinematic talents to make the cast of characters friendly and appealing in a Pixar-like way for young readers. The concept title closes with an impressive spell—the result of taking the last line of each spread and listing them together. “Blaze of orange, / Stain of red, / Blot of black, / Smudge of brown, / Glint of yellow, / Wash of blue, / Shroud of gray, / Wisp of white, / Blotch of purple, / Tinge of green— // Shivery shades of HALLOWEEN!”

A bright new addition to the Halloween shelves. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-385-36999-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Random House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2014




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