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"Translated from the Dutch by Clavis Publishing"--T.p. verso.
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"Translated from the Dutch by Clavis Publishing"--T.p. verso.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Charming illustrations and a great layout. . . . From dressing up to making a jack o' lantern to trick-or-treating, Slegers takes the 'scare' out of Halloween and replaces it with excitement and fun. . . . A cheery book that can help dismiss the fears of witches, vampires, and ghosts." —School Library Journal (December 1, 2011)
School Library Journal
PreS—This title has charming illustrations and a great layout, but the story falls short. The painted illustrations portray cheery children as they prepare for and celebrate the holiday. From dressing up to making a jack o' lantern to trick-or-treating, Slegers takes the "scare" out of Halloween and replaces it with excitement and fun. Unfortunately, some of the text does not flow well (e.g., "No, of course ghosts don't exist-but dressing up in costumes like a ghost is really fun"). In addition, some of the actions, like feeding a cat pumpkin waffles or the tricky proposition of gluing straws onto a balloon, are suspect. Nonetheless, this is a cheery book that can help dismiss the fears of witches, vampires, and ghosts.—Lia Carruthers, Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
This Dutch import, although well intentioned, fails to translate into a winning holiday book for preschoolers. Readers follow a girl as she takes part in familiar activities on Halloween day: carving a jack-o'-lantern, making pumpkin soup and waffles, dressing up for a costume party, playing holiday games, going trick-or-treating and preparing for bedtime. When she needs a gift for a friend, she makes a spider out of a balloon and straws, a creative solution that will impress young ones who want to do things all by themselves. Slegers' illustrations will remind readers of the brightly painted pictures framed with thick dark lines found in popular titles by Lucy Cousins (Maisy Goes to the City, 2011, etc.) and Jane Cabrera (The Wheels on the Bus, 2011, etc.). Sadly, the text stumbles. The translation into English is wordy and clunky at best: "Dad empties the seeds from a pumpkin. Then he uses a knife to cut a face in it. With an electric candle in the bottom of it, the pumpkin becomes…a scary jack-o'-lantern glowing in the dark!" Pass on this slim offering, which adds little to the crowded field of preschool Halloween fare. (Picture book. 3-5)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-01
This Dutch import, although well intentioned, fails to translate into a winning holiday book for preschoolers. Readers follow a girl as she takes part in familiar activities on Halloween day: carving a jack-o'-lantern, making pumpkin soup and waffles, dressing up for a costume party, playing holiday games, going trick-or-treating and preparing for bedtime. When she needs a gift for a friend, she makes a spider out of a balloon and straws, a creative solution that will impress young ones who want to do things all by themselves. Slegers' illustrations will remind readers of the brightly painted pictures framed with thick dark lines found in popular titles by Lucy Cousins (Maisy Goes to the City, 2011, etc.) and Jane Cabrera (The Wheels on the Bus, 2011, etc.). Sadly, the text stumbles. The translation into English is wordy and clunky at best: "Dad empties the seeds from a pumpkin. Then he uses a knife to cut a face in it. With an electric candle in the bottom of it, the pumpkin becomes…a scary jack-o'-lantern glowing in the dark!" Pass on this slim offering, which adds little to the crowded field of preschool Halloween fare. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605371016
  • Publisher: Clavis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Liesbet Slegersis a graphic designer, a children's book illustrator, and the author of "Guess What I Hear, ""Guess What I'm Doing, ""Kevin and Katie, "and "The Child in the Manger."
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