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By the Light of the Halloween Moon

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In this “catchy, lilting cumulative tale with glorious comical/scary illustrations” (Kirkus Reviews), a little girl’s toe taps a tune as her legs dangle from a footbridge that has all sorts of creatures hidden underneath. There are cats and witches, bats and ghosts. With lots of repetition, a rhythmic, bouncy text, and imaginative illustrations, this Halloween title is sure to tickle your bones — your funny bones, that is! And for the first time in over a decade, this Halloween ...

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Overview

In this “catchy, lilting cumulative tale with glorious comical/scary illustrations” (Kirkus Reviews), a little girl’s toe taps a tune as her legs dangle from a footbridge that has all sorts of creatures hidden underneath. There are cats and witches, bats and ghosts. With lots of repetition, a rhythmic, bouncy text, and imaginative illustrations, this Halloween title is sure to tickle your bones — your funny bones, that is! And for the first time in over a decade, this Halloween gem is back in print.

In this cumulative story, a host of Halloween spooks, including a cat, a witch, and a ghoul, are drawn to the tapping of a little girl's toe.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Stutson's book is perfect for four to six year olds who like to hear about ghosts and witches, but who also needs a funny twist-to give them a laugh rather than a spine-tingle. There are lots of traditional Halloween characters, but the pictures are silly, the characters do crazy things, and there are lots of parts to repeat.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A cumulative tale in which a series of beasties and ghoulies threaten to nibble at a child's toes. These scary creatures run the gamut from the familiar bat and witch to the lesser-known ghoul and sprite. They emerge from tomb and darkness to pinch, grab, or bite the legs that are pictured dangling over the edge of the bridge. The pileup of menacing monsters and the close calls build tension until the complete picture of a self-assured little girl appears. Her fully capitalized expression of proprietary rights will assure readers that she knows how to take care of herself. The final scene, in which she fiddles a Halloween tune for the dancing monsters, creates a comic resolution, making the night a time of fun as well as near-terror. While the edges of the illustrations are sometimes fuzzy, the opaque jewel tones and the details of costume and expression make the ghosts anything but remote. A great nighttime party for all year round.- Ruth K. MacDonald, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761462446
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 275,110
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Stutson lives in Littleton, Colorado, where she enjoys storytelling and taking her dog, Seymour, for walks along the Highline Canal. She is the author of a number of picture books, including Pirate Pup illustrated by Robert Rayevsky, Night Train illustrated by Katherine Tillotson, and Cowpokes illustrated by Daniel San Souci. Caroline is a former elementary school teacher and has worked in the children’s departments of several libraries. She loves doing puppet shows for preschoolers, especially when they laugh themselves silly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    A book my daughter loves to read!

    Two years ago, my daughter was 3 when we first checked this book out at the library. We read it so often that she memorized the story. Throughout the past 2 years, we have checked out the book and enjoyed the story as well as the illustrations. We went to the library today and she told me that she wanted the Halloween Moon book. It's a tradition now, so I'm purchasing a copy of the book for her to enjoy.

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