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AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN by Tom Brenner

AND THEN COMES HALLOWEEN

By Tom Brenner (Author) , Holly Meade (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: July 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3659-3
Publisher: Candlewick

A present-tense evocation of the season leads ineluctably to Halloween: “WHEN neighbors rake fallen leaves into piles, / and the sky is that certain deep blue, / and bins of pumpkins arrive at the grocery store… / THEN bring one home and scoop and carve….” Brenner’s gentle text captures the anticipation and the execution of a perfect Halloween, well-chosen words and a keen understanding of what’s important (“Dump the bags of candy on the floor”) getting to the heart of the event. Meade’s watercolor collages modulate from the vibrant hues of early autumn to the washed-out golds and greens of late October in the North Country, depicting flocks of children trick-or-treating in an idealized, cheerfully lit neighborhood. The way Halloween should be. (Picture book. 4-8)