Halloween Countdown

Halloween Countdown

by Prelutsky, Jack Prelutsky, Dan Yaccarino

Turn the pages with ten rascally ghosts and count down to a spooky surprise ending!


Turn the pages with ten rascally ghosts and count down to a spooky surprise ending!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An annoyed boy takes inventory of his ghost-plagued abode in Halloween Countdown, converted to board-book format from the picture book by Jack Prelutsky, illus. by Dan Yaccarino. "There are ten ghosts in the pantry,/ There are nine upon the stairs,/ There are eight ghosts in the attic,/ There are seven on the chairs."
Children's Literature
Prelutsky's text is taken from his 1977 book entitled It's Halloween. It joins one of many books celebrating this kid-favorite holiday by counting down. Once again it is ghosts, but this board book starts from ten with "ten ghosts in the pantry" and continues to reduce the numbers from various locations in the house until there is only one, and his final Boo will not be much of a scare. Yaccarino's style is readily recognized and the pallet is light, as is the tone. This ghostly counting book can be used with kids, and parents need not have any fears of bad dreams or even a mild scare. 2002 (orig. 1977), HarperFestival,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Friendly looking ghosts illustrate this simple but effective concept book. The text was originally published as "Countdown" in Prelutsky's It's Halloween (Greenwillow, 1977). Here, in a board-book format, the flowing verse follows the antics of the phantoms that have invaded a boy's home. The benign-looking creatures are clearly delineated against bold expanses of color, making them easy to count. A solid seasonal addition.-Hannah Hoppe, Miles City Public Library, MT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky was the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate. He has filled more than fifty books of verse with his inventive wordplay, including the national bestsellers Scranimals and The New Kid on the Block. In a starred review, School Library Journal called Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, also illustrated by Carin Berger, a "do-not-miss poetry pick." Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

Carin Berger is an award-winning designer, artist, and creator of such picture books as The Little Yellow Leaf and A Perfect Day, among others. She assembled the dioramas, shadow boxes, and cut-paper collages in this book from ephemera—catalogues, old books, receipts, letters,and ticket stubs—as well as cigar boxes. Carin Berger lives in New York City.

Dan Yaccarino is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in magazines, ad campaigns, and animation worldwide. His large-scale paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries across New York City, Tokyo, and Rome. Mr. Yaccarino has written several books of his own and illustrated numerous books by other authors, including I Met a Bear and So Big!. His television show Oswald the Octopus airs on Nick Jr. He lives with his wife, Susan, and their son, Michael Dante, in New York City.

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