SPOOKY HOUSE by Nosy Crow

SPOOKY HOUSE

From the "Bizzy Bear" series
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 1 - 3
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Bizzy Bear attends a Halloween party.

Bizzy Bear enters a spooky house on Halloween night. As the friendly critter follows a dog butler through the house, readers are able to slide panels that make portraits’ eyes move, bats and animal witches fly outside, doors open and close, and more. The story ends in the attic, where a Halloween bash is in full swing. The illustrations eschew the Bizzy Bear books’ usual bright primary color palette and swap in dark purples, greens, and oranges. The comfortably rounded Bizzy Bear character stylings are still there, but the backgrounds incorporate harsh angles in their compositions to make the environment all the spookier. The sliding panels and tabs are sturdily constructed, resistant to even the harshest tugs from spooked toddlers. The shifting environments are particularly creative, drawing little readers into the creepy environment but still keeping this fun instead of truly scary.

An excellent read for little ones learning about the holiday as well as those who can’t wait for Halloween to arrive. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 11th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9327-5
Page count: 8pp
Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2018




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