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Fright Night Flight

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First stop, off we pop to a craggy mountaintop. Spooky castle, creaky floor — who is opening the door?

Is it a lurking, smirking Vampire? Or a howling, growling Werewolf? One by one, a ghoulish gang climbs onto this super jet-fueled broomstick for a frightfully fun flight on Halloween night.

Want to hop aboard? There might be room for just one more. But beware — Laura Krauss Melmed's cumulative rhyming story ...

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Overview

First stop, off we pop to a craggy mountaintop. Spooky castle, creaky floor — who is opening the door?

Is it a lurking, smirking Vampire? Or a howling, growling Werewolf? One by one, a ghoulish gang climbs onto this super jet-fueled broomstick for a frightfully fun flight on Halloween night.

Want to hop aboard? There might be room for just one more. But beware — Laura Krauss Melmed's cumulative rhyming story and Henry Cole's hilarious illustrations will take you on the ride of your life!

On her way to Halloween trick-or-treating, a witch makes room on her broom for a group of fiendish friends.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
Pure fun for story hours.
Publishers Weekly
En route to "your house," a mischievous witch stops at creepy locales to pick up ghosts and mummies: "Hop aboard, there's always room/ for a howling, growling Werewolf,/ and a lurking, smirking Vampire/ to ride this broom." Melmed (The Rainbabies) provides serviceable cumulative rhymes, while Cole (Moosetache) designs standard-issue ghouls and prankish labels for specimen jars and headstones ("Claire Voyant, Sandy Beech [`she was all washed up']"). Last year's genial Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler, offers a bouncier ride. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Our modern witch-y narrator sets out on her broom for her Halloween flight, to "...zoom/ upon my super jet-fueled broom" to pick up appropriate passengers from their spooky habitats. "There's always room" for a Vampire, a Werewolf, a Ghost, a Monster, a Skeleton, a Mummy¾the cumulative rhymes adds them all to the broom. Their destination makes for a neat and funny conclusion. Cole's cartoon-y characters fill the double-page scenes with appropriately seasonal comic horror. He adds a touch of his own to the cliché Halloween standards. But his sense of humor really lets loose in several scenes. Don't miss the inscriptions of the tombstones in the cemetery, the contents of the Mad Doctor's specimen jars, and the museum display cases. 2002, HarperCollins Publishers,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-It's time for a witch's Fright Night Flight. "With hat and cat, away I zoom/upon my super jet-fueled broom." The first stop is a spooky castle with a creaky floor inhabited by a "lurking, smirking Vampire" who joins the party. They fly off to a number of places-the cemetery, the "House of Dread," and elsewhere-picking up other spooky characters along the way. When the frightful creatures reach their destination, they warn readers that they'll soon end up at "-your house (we know the street) and- ring- your- doorbell- TRICK OR TREAT!" The rhyming text is full of fun. The full-spread illustrations are rich with color and amusing detail, and the characters are drawn in a nonthreatening cartoon style that will not scare young children. A fine choice for Halloween storytimes.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A witch goes Halloween trick-or-treating and makes room on her super jet-fueled broomstick for a group of fiendish friends. Narrating in rhyme and first person, the green-faced, green-haired witch asks a question at each location that allows the reader to guess who the next ghoul will be. As the six fiends climb aboard—vampire, werewolf, ghost, monster, skeleton, and mummy—their facial expressions play out the interactions and play up the spookiness, even on the orange-striped cat wearing black-framed glasses and the broom’s robot-like jet engine. With each addition, the refrain repeats the previous passengers: "Hop aboard, there’s always room / for a boo-boo-boo-gity Ghost, / a howling, growling Werewolf, / and a lurking, smirking Vampire / to ride this broom." The colorful cartoon-like illustrations display the right amount of exaggeration that keeps the scariness within limits and include funny details to spy in the scenes. (Be sure to spend extra time in the graveyard.) Readers will likely tumble to the ending and the witch’s destination from the title—"your neighborhood," "your house," to "ring your doorbell" for "TRICK OR TREAT." Kids will readily hop on board for this fun, frightful flight. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060297022
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/20/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Krauss Melmed is author of Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z and New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z, also illustrated by Frané Lessac; I Love You As Much . . . , illustrated by Henri Sorensen; and the critically acclaimed The Rainbabies, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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