In a “House That Jack Built” tale that exemplifies the butterfly effect, some costumed kids who shout “Trick or treat!” cause havoc at a house full of monsters.
The children wake up the vampire, who trips on his feet and stuns a witch stirring a cauldron. This spooks a ghost, “Boo!” who startles a zombie, who screams and scatters the bats. This scares the black cat, who in turn terrifies Frankie. A skeleton, a werewolf, a spider, and a mummy round out the Halloween cast. Four of these creatures are involved in actually building the house (which is more than the original rhyme). Metzger’s verses have a nice rhythm to them, and the end rhymes work, though it may take quite a few readings before children can join in. The illustrations are done in a scratchy style with black and white featuring prominently and pops of poison green and shades of purple and red. The bugged eyes, wide-open mouths with lots of sharp teeth, and evident fear make this one to share with slightly older children.
For fans of cumulative rhymes and monsters of all sorts. (Picture book. 4-7)