Just Say Boo!

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Overview

If three dinosaurs roar when you open your door, what do you say?

"Boo!" of course! In this charmingly spooky story by Susan Hood, little trick-or-treaters learn just what to say in every Halloween situation. From rattling bones to ghostly footsteps, Susan captures all the best scares of the season—and teaches just the right way to dispel fears in favor of fun. Jed Henry's lustrous watercolors add the perfect crisp chill to this fall-weather story.

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Overview

If three dinosaurs roar when you open your door, what do you say?

"Boo!" of course! In this charmingly spooky story by Susan Hood, little trick-or-treaters learn just what to say in every Halloween situation. From rattling bones to ghostly footsteps, Susan captures all the best scares of the season—and teaches just the right way to dispel fears in favor of fun. Jed Henry's lustrous watercolors add the perfect crisp chill to this fall-weather story.

For if a skeleton groans as she rattles her bones, what do you say?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As three children dressed as a witch, shark, and bat go trick-or-treating, they defuse potentially scary situations with one word: “If a yip and a yowl/ make you shiver and scowl,/ what do you say?/ Boo!” Thus armed, the kids face “wind whirls and whines,” a jack-o’-lantern’s grin, and skeleton and dinosaur costumes. There’s a comforting warmth underlying Hood’s rhymes, and Henry’s copper and silver palette gives the story a note of timelessness. Ages 3–8. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator’s agent: Shannon Associates. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Three costumed youngsters prance throughout their neighborhood on Halloween in this rhyming story that teaches tiny trick-or-treaters to "just say BOO!" to scary situations. The story begins wordlessly on the endpapers, where the children leave the house with their father. "If the ghosts in the trees wibble-wobble your knees, what do you say?" A quick turn of the page instructs readers to shout, "BOO!" The revelers encounter spooky shadows, whiny wind, flickering grins in a jack-o'-lantern, and groaning skeletons along their travels. When they reach a house, they say "TRICK OR TREAT!" instead, and then "Thank you!" The story continues homeward bound where their mother and a younger sibling are waiting. When the children shout out "BOO" at their door, the baby is startled, and the story ends with the older siblings teaching the toddler to "just say BOO!" The art is done in muted watercolors dipped in a fall palette of oranges, browns, and rusty reds. Touches of humor abound, keeping the story light and nonthreatening. The simple text will make this an interactive choice for fall sharing. Useful for libraries that are always in need of new Halloween titles.—Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Rhyming call-and-response text propels this light trick-or-treating adventure to its pleasant end, where even the youngest child learns how to say "boo!" Hood establishes a predictable, interactive rhythm from the get-go: "If the ghosts in the trees / wibble-wobble your knees, / what do you say? // BOO!" After this pattern is repeated a few times, the answers begin to vary, presumably in an attempt to further engage young readers. When wet leaves tug on sleeves, the children say, "Eww!" Or when an adult dressed as a skeleton offers candy to the costumed characters, they say, "Thank you!" Henry's rather pedestrian illustrations, many of which have a washed-out sepia effect with muted oranges, yellows and browns, lack the vibrancy reflected in the text. The main trio of children--a vampire bat, witch and shark--are cute enough, though, particularly the pudgy little shark. This wholesome, well-intentioned effort may result in an enthusiastic response even if the plot is a bit thin and the pictures fail to truly inspire. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062010292
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 710,716
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Hood is the former children's content director of Nick Jr. Magazine and has worked as a children's book editor. She is the author of more than two hundred books for children, including Look! I Can Read!, illustrated by Amy Wummer, and the Pup and Hound series for beginning readers, illustrated by Linda Hendry. She has also written for parents and early childhood educators in the New York Times, Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect, Sesame Street Parents Guide, and more. She lives with her family in Southport, Connecticut, and spends summers sailing the coast of Maine with her husband.

Jed Henry is an animator and artist. He has previously illustrated Pick a Pup by Marsha Wilson Chall and Can't Wait Till Christmas by Mike Huckabee. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife and daughter.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    This is my favorite of the three Halloween children's books I re

    This is my favorite of the three Halloween children's books I received from Harper Collins for review, and I think it was actually meant for a younger audience than the other two. Being the whacky, fun-loving person that I am, I highly enjoyed this book. Susan Hood presents us with various situations to say "Boo!" and other Halloween-related words in a fun and highly entertaining way that parents and their young children will enjoy reading together. Because we come to expect the word "Boo," I had even more fun when a different word came up, and I'm sure that young children will find it as entertaining as I did. If you only read one out of all three of these books, let it be this one. I love it, and my friend recommends it too. It is so much fun!

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Oh, thank-you from a Children's Librarian ready for some new Hal

    Oh, thank-you from a Children's Librarian ready for some new Halloween read-alouds! This went instantly to the top of my list!

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