Thomas Freese is an author, storyteller, and artist. He has written 10 books and performs over 20 educational and entertaining story programs. Fran Riddell is a teacher, artist, cartoonist, and illustrator living in Lexington, Kentucky.
Halloween Sleepwalkerby Thomas Freese, Fran Riddell
Are ghosts, witches, and scary creatures real? Around the fireside, Shelby Sherman Sanford's family is talking about their Halloween fears. Mother, father, and older sister confess their frights, but Shelby says he is not afraid of anything - he wants to go out for a walk! Later that night, when the clock strikes twelve, it seems Shelby gets his chance to prove
Are ghosts, witches, and scary creatures real? Around the fireside, Shelby Sherman Sanford's family is talking about their Halloween fears. Mother, father, and older sister confess their frights, but Shelby says he is not afraid of anything - he wants to go out for a walk! Later that night, when the clock strikes twelve, it seems Shelby gets his chance to prove himself, as he finds himself outside in the neighbor's corn field. A young witch welcomes him with an enchanted apple and one bite gives him the "second sight" of ghosts and monsters. A ride on the witch's broom carries Shelby over the graveyard, past the church, and crashing into a tree to begin his adventure. But is it real or a dream?
- Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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Author: Thomas Lee Freese Illustrator: Fran Riddell Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd Published: 9-28-2013 ISBN-10: 0764343998 ISBN-13: 978-0764343995 Pages: 64 Genre: Children's Fiction Tags: Myths and Legends Shelby Sherman Sanford are at home following their attendance at their church's fall festival. Enjoying some popcorn they tell of the Halloween fears. Dad fears jack-o-lanterns, Mom fears ghosts and sister Penny fears witches. After thinking about it for a few moments Shelby announces that her fears none of these things and then asks if he can go out this night and explore. His parents tell him no that strange things happen on Halloween sometimes and he needs to stay home. Soon everyone goes to bed including Shelby, but then Shelby begins to dream. In his dream he wanders outside the home ... This story follows Shelby's dream as he encounters numerous paranormal creatures. How would you react? What if you are not sure it was a dream? This story is told in simple, easy for the younger reader to understand words. My family loved this story, but not everyone liked the illustrations. Colorful and eye-catching, some of the young readers did not think they looked real and "flat" as my niece Chealsey said. Thank you to NetGalley and Schiffer Publishing for granting me a copy of the book for the purpose to use for an honest review. We truly enjoyed the book very much.
Eight year-old Shelby Sherman Sanford was just a normal kid. He and his normal family sat around eating normal popcorn on Halloween night. They talked about all the things that scare them about Halloween. Dad was afraid of Jack-o-lanterns, Mom was afraid of ghosts, Penny (his sister) was afraid of witches (real ones not fake ones). Shelby couldn’t think of one thing he was scared of. In fact, Shelby wanted to go for a walk outside Halloween night. But Shelby’s parents wouldn’t let him. That night, Shelby had a fantastic Halloween dream. He walked out of the house and met witches and ghosts and had a wonderful adventure. In the morning Shelby told his family about the awesome things he saw, but it was only a dream… or was it? The plot of this picture book is very unique. The story is very fun to read. I think the illustrations are very well done, and I like the collage-like feeling to it. They really pull you into the adventure in the book. I especially like Shelby’s glasses. I really enjoy the part where the family shares their fears. That was a nice touch. The book is more of a story book than a picture book because there are a lot of word on a page. I can see this being a great book for a family to read together or an older kids to read alone. I think it would make a nice bed-time story too. The mysterious ending of the book is really fun. *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.