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"The 12 Days of Christmas" inspires a creepy countdown to Halloween night.
Before any text appears, a spunky little witch girl flies into the body of the book clutching her crooked broom and imploring with oversize manga-bright eyes for readers to come, too. "On the first night of Halloween / my mummy gave to me: / a bright, / shiny / Skeleton Key." The following nights bring a 2-headed snake, 3 Baseball Bats, 4 Icky Eyeballs and so on. (All cardinal numbers are rendered as numerals, while the ordinal numbers are spelled out.) Some days are less successful than others. Ghosts a-Ghosting and Witches Witching—huh? But Vasilovich is one to watch: His extensive experience in television animation and comics illustration is evident. Any page looks like a still from a scary cartoon movie. He achieves a Tim Burton–esque mood with settings full of sharp angles and zigzagging lines. Backgrounds of deep greens and purples and glowing oranges and yellows set off the dark action on each spread. Even though the creatures seem more sinister as each night goes by (the eyes are particularly chilling), the witch seems positively charmed. The big day finally arrives, and the text spirals with the key at the center of the page. It unlocks a room where all the characters come together for a most haunting Halloween celebration.
More shivery than stunning; for slightly older readers.(Picture book. 5-8)
Posted October 21, 2011
This gorgeous book has an eye-catching cover to begin with. Parents, grandparents and children will be enchanted by it and the beautiful illustrations inside. The hard cover makes it exceptional.
I love the concept of singing the story in rhyme to "On the First Day of Christmas!" It's so perfect, and provides a fun element for children to sing along to when the book is read several times over to them during the Halloween season...and from year to year. By the way, they will be wanting you to read it several times over!
I sent this adorable book to my grandson who is a gifted 3 yr. old, he loves it, his mom has to read it every night, and it's a collectible for his ever expanding library!
Wonderful book! It's a keeper!
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Posted September 18, 2011
This fun book will keep your trick & treaters thrilled as they follow the monsters to the Halloween party at the end. Full of puns ("on the first night of Halloween my Mummy...") and great rhymes, the author's take on the famous Christmas song will stay in your head. Note: some of the illustrations may be too scary for the very young or sensitive kid.
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Posted October 3, 2012
In The 13 Nights of Halloween, Guy Vasilovich remakes the Christmas carol, the 12 Days of Christmas into a funny Halloween treat. Filled with great pictures, and an easy to follow song pattern that children will recognize, The 13 Nights of Halloween is a silly and entertaining read.
Recommended for readers age 4-7.
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