Halloween Good Night

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Overview

If you were a ghost haunting a castle and moat,

Rattling thick chains, making underpants float,

When you stopped all your moaning and screeching in fright,

How would you tell your phantom papa good night?

On Halloween night, creatures around the world tuck their little ones into bed. How do skeletons say goodnight? What about werewolves, ...

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Overview

If you were a ghost haunting a castle and moat,

Rattling thick chains, making underpants float,

When you stopped all your moaning and screeching in fright,

How would you tell your phantom papa good night?

On Halloween night, creatures around the world tuck their little ones into bed. How do skeletons say goodnight? What about werewolves, mummies, or vampire bats? In this silly Halloween romp, young children can take a trip through spooky castles and haunted graveyards to find out!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Monsters, ghouls, and other creatures say goodnight to their parents in this Halloween-themed bedtime story. A skeleton child offers a "Clickity-clackity-clack-clack!" while a witch giggles "Hee! Hee! Hee!" Given Cushman's cartoony illustrations, readers might be surprised by how poetic his verse is: "If you were a skeleton in a graveyard of stones,/ Clacking and rattling all your dry, bleached-out bones,/ Yawning a yawn in the ivory moonlight,/ How would you tell your bony daddy good night?" On the final spread, the monster's goodnights join those in various world languages--a fun if somewhat incongruous detail. Ages 4–7. (July)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Even ghosts and ghoulies say good night to their parents and Cushman presents a veritable parade of little monsters being tucked in at night. The rhyming verse for the most part flows well as the creature from the Black Lagoon says "glug, glug," the skeleton in the graveyard wishes his little one a "clickety-clackety-click-clack" and Daddy werewolf tucks his child in with a cheerful "Yowwll!" The cleverest pairing is the Egyptian mom saying good night in hieroglyphs and the Martian mommy whispering a sweet alien good night. The accompanying watercolor illustrations are the best feature and while kids will find the text pedestrian they may be amused by the detailed illustrations that have just the right amount of scariness. Definitely not a first purchase and most libraries will not miss it. A lukewarm endorsement at best. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS—Eight different Halloween creatures are shown in individual scenes as their parents put them to bed. A rhymed verse introduces each little monster, then word bubbles say good night in various ways. Werewolves "yowwll," creatures of the Black Lagoon "glug," mummies speak in hieroglyphs, and ghosts "boo." They all say different things but the end result is the same. It's the illustrations that take this title beyond a simple bedtime book. The watercolor and ink drawings are colorful and clever. Each scene has an appropriate background for young sleepers. Some sleep in the woods, under water, in midair, or in space capsules. The delightful illustrations make these seasonal monsters not-so-scary for very young readers. This book will fly off your holiday shelves.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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The delightful illustrations make these seasonal monsters not-so-scary for very young readers. This book will fly off your holiday shelves.” —School Library Journal

 “Given Cushman's cartoony illustrations, readers might be surprised by how poetic his verse is.” —Publishers Weekly

“Some details excel: the mummy mommy and baby speak hieroglyphs; the creature from the Black Lagoon is resurrected as an infant swaddled in seaweed; the opening spread, of a child reading under the blankets, is filled with items that visually foreshadow monsters to come.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805089288
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Cushman is the author and illustrator of Halloween Good Night, Dirk Bones, and the Aunt Eater mystery series, and he has illustrated over one hundred books, including the New York Times bestseller What Dads Can’t Do. He lives in Paris.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2010

    Great book!

    My kids love this book. Perfect for Halloween!

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