Halloween Howls: Halloween Poetry (I Can Read Book 2 Series)
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Halloween Howls: Halloween Poetry (I Can Read Book 2 Series)

by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Stacey Schuett
     
 

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A crisp wind blows. A voice howls. Masked figures dance in the moonlight. It's Halloween!

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A crisp wind blows. A voice howls. Masked figures dance in the moonlight. It's Halloween!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
From the anticipatory opening poem "Something's Coming" by Virginia Kroll to the closing "12:01 A. M." by Lee Bennett Hopkins this title in the "I Can Read Series" (Reading 2 With Help) is packed with fun, rollicking celebrations of the "play-out late, stay-out-late, magical night!"—Halloween. The poems themselves are just the right length for early readers and yet have the power to amuse and set the tone for a fun (only a little spooky) Halloween night. "Trick-or-Treating" by Michele Krueger: "Walk and knock,/walk and knock,/all the way around the block. Door to door,/street to street,/happy tongue, tired feet!" The illustrations are perfectly suited to the poetry and portray a variety of children and costumes in a light vein—no Freddy Kruegers in this charming collection. There is an index of authors and titles. This is a delightful and useful addition to the body of holiday poetry. 2005, Harper Collins, and Ages 4 up.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A collection of 12 previously published poems. Virginia Kroll's "Something's Coming," Craig Crist-Evans's "My Pumpkin," and Rebecca Kai Dotlich's "Costume Hour" set the stage. Michele Krueger highlights the glee of "Trick-or-Treating," also expressed in other selections, and the evening winds down with Jane Yolen's "On Halloween" and Hopkins's "12:01 a.m." The simple yet evocative language will delight beginning readers. For example, in "Sweet Tooth," Candace Pearson uses clever wordplay to describe candy corn: "A handful/of loose teeth rattle/in my pocket,/triangles of orange/and yellow/bitten off just so.-" Each poem is presented on a distinctive spread painted in dusky tones. Schuett's illustrations show a friendly suburban neighborhood, feature a mix of multicultural characters, and reflect all of the fun of this special night. For a double treat, pair this offering with Amy Sklansky's Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans (Holt, 2004).-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060080624
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/25/2006
Series:
I Can Read Book 2 Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Noted poet Lee Bennett Hopkins has edited or authored numerous books for children, including the I Can Read Books Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees; A Pet for Me: Poems; and the ALA Notable Children's Book Surprises. The recipient of a Christopher Award and the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," Mr. Hopkins lives in Florida.

Stacey Schuett's artwork graces numerous picture books, including the I Can Read Book Forest by Laura Godwin and her own Somewhere in theWorld Right Now, a Reading Rainbow Book. Ms. Schuett lives in Sebastopol, California.

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