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Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree

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It's a glittering carnival for ghosts and goblins. The attractions are dazzling: a warlock rodeo, a witches' brew contest, goblin pie, and a tricky hall of mirrors. When the adventure ends, Daphne and Sam once again find themselves on their own street. Was it a Halloween trick, or a Halloween treat? Hard to know for sure, under that butterscotch moon. Mary Ann Fraser's pun-filled text and striking artwork make this an irresistible holiday tale that begs to be read again and ...
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Overview


It's a glittering carnival for ghosts and goblins. The attractions are dazzling: a warlock rodeo, a witches' brew contest, goblin pie, and a tricky hall of mirrors. When the adventure ends, Daphne and Sam once again find themselves on their own street. Was it a Halloween trick, or a Halloween treat? Hard to know for sure, under that butterscotch moon. Mary Ann Fraser's pun-filled text and striking artwork make this an irresistible holiday tale that begs to be read again and again.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
On a wild and magical Halloween night, a brother and sister dressed as a ghost and a witch “pull two tickets out of thin air” and arrive at a cemetery, where they are transported to a Halloween carnival whose attractions include a skeletal carousel, a witch’s brew competition, and “warlocks bustin’ brooms” at a rodeo-style event. Though Fraser’s story becomes a little hard to track after the siblings are separated, it’s a lively Halloween adventure (sans parental figures) with playfully spooky artwork and a gentle homecoming. Ages 4–7. (July)
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"Has plenty of heebie-jeebies that are tame enough for a reassuring ending. . . . A rollerghoster of fun for younger trick-or-treaters." --Kirkus Reviews

"A lively Halloween adventure (sans parental figures) with playfully spooky artwork and a gentle homecoming." --Publishers Weekly

"The pages are packed with action and energy. Children will love poring over the many details." --School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It is a night for ghosts, goblins and the like. Daphne and Sam are out for trick-or-treating when suddenly two tickets appear out of thin air. It is the night of the Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree and they now have two tickets to attend. What a group—mummies, goblins, vampires, ghosts and skeletons are all at the entrance gate too. The fair or jamboree is most unusual. The horses on the merry-go-round are mere skeletons. The circus food seller has some unusual offerings including barbecued bat wings as one of his delicious specials. The Fun Crypt is the place where Daphne and Sam get separated when he is drawn away by the smell of pumpkin pie. Daphane searches high on the roller coaster and low in the haunted house. As this fantasy world fades and she continues her search for Sam, and where does he show up? At the lost and found munching on a jar of candy eyes he won at the pumpkin pie eating contest. The illustrations are lots of fun with a great variety of ghoulish characters. Daphne never seems fazed except when searching for Sam. A not too scary Halloween book that will let kids search and name all the creatures that they spy. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Dressed as a witch and a ghost, Sam and Daphne pull tickets out of thin air to the Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree on Halloween night. They are treated to a magical, good time, experiencing everything from a haunted circus and a concert with The Rolling Bones to "eyes cream" and "barbecue bat wings." Then, in the midst of the festivities, Sam goes missing, lending a bit of tension to the story. The full-bleed illustrations in vibrant colors feature Halloween creatures of all sorts (but none frightening), and the pages are packed with action and energy. Children will love poring over the many details.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews

What kid doesn't want to be spooked on Halloween?

Daphne, dressed as a witch, and younger brother Sam, dressed as a ghost, magically get two tickets to the one-night Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree. The carnival of frights is filled with scary attractions: a rodeo of warlocks bustin' brooms, a witch's brew-off, a goblin pie contest and a Rolling Bones concert. When Sam gets lost in the "boo-haha," the fortune-teller tells Daphne he's in for a bumpy ride, sending her to the roller coaster. At event after ghoulish event, she just misses Sam, but keen-eyed readers will find him in each scene. She finally finds him in Lost & Found, an upright coffin, where Sam is munching on jelly eyes that he won at the pie contest. Carnival-light–colored illustrations add plenty of icky and ugly details in the background: a merry-go-round of horse skeletons, a tombstone carved with "REST IN PIECES" and lurking black cats.There are never enough Halloween books, and this one has plenty of heebie-jeebies that are tame enough for a reassuring ending.

Anyone for eyes cream or barbecued bat wings? A rollerghoster of fun for younger trick-or-treaters. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590788578
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,407,447
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Fraser is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many books for children, including Pet Shop Follies. Among her other books are I. Q. Goes to School, How Animal Babies Stay Safe, and In Search of the Grand Canyon: Down the Colorado with John Wesley Powell, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Simi Valley, California.

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