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Little Goblins Ten

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Overview

Over in the forest
Where the trees hide the sun
Lived a big mommy monster
And her little monster one.
"Scare!" said the mommy;
"I scare," said the one.
So he scared and he scampered
Where the trees hide ...

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Overview

Over in the forest
Where the trees hide the sun
Lived a big mommy monster
And her little monster one.
"Scare!" said the mommy;
"I scare," said the one.
So he scared and he scampered
Where the trees hide the sun.

From monsters to ghosties to goblins, everyone's favorite beasties haunt and howl and rattle their way through their forest home in this silly, spooky twist on the beloved nursery rhyme "Over in the Meadow."

Author Pamela Jane and New York Times bestselling illustrator Jane Manning have created a delicious Halloween treat for readers to enjoy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a gently spooky spin on “Over in the Meadow” that counts up to 10, various ghouls and beasts groan, swoop, and haunt. Jane has fun playing within the nursery rhyme’s parameters, whether peeking in on a family of zombies (“ ‘Stare!’ said the mommy; ‘We stare,’ said the three”), howling werewolves (dressed in patchwork overalls), or a rattling “father skeleton/ And his little skellies eight.” Manning’s quirky and expressive monster families are 10 kinds of cute. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews

Numerous titles interpreting "Over in the Meadow" have been published, but trust the team of Jane and Manning to conjure up an impressive new vision in time for Halloween.

Set in a fantastical land dominated by watery blues, greens and grays and punctuated by warm reds and yellows, Manning's tale presents ethereal ghosts, country-bumpkin werewolves, parading mummies, screeching witches, happy bats and boogieing skeletons that readers will instantly want to have as friends. The preschool set should find comfort in seeing how loving and attentive the ghoulish moms and dads are with their offspring. Parents may see a bit of themselves here as well. (Mothers, especially, may chuckle at the staring zombie mom pictured in disheveled attire with her tongue hanging out.) Even though this is essentially a counting rhyme, the author elevates the reading and listening experience with interactive rhyming text that is rich with alliteration and strong action words: The monster "scared and he scampered," ghosts "hid and they haunted," witches "crowed and they cackled" and bats "swooped in the shadows." The story begins and ends with the green-horned monster mommy and her little monster one—" 'Trick or treat?' asked the mommy; / 'Treat!' cried the one. / So they skipped off together / For some Halloween fun!"

Truly satisfying. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pamela Paul
…should endure well past Oct. 31. Beginning with its opening…readers are rewarded with ample humor and wit.
—The New York Times Book Review
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—"Over in the Meadow" gets a Halloween makeover in this picture book. Starting with "a mommy monster and her little monster one," spooky beasties including ghosts, mummies, skeletons, bats, and goblins cavort in the woods while counting from 1 to 10. Manning's muted blue-green, brown-orange illustrations fill the spreads with kid-friendly monsters, although the zombies are a bit creepy. The lack of numerals on the pages limits the story's usefulness as a counting book. Libraries in need of monster-filled Halloween tales may consider this as an additional purchase.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—"Over in the Meadow" gets a Halloween makeover in this picture book. Starting with "a mommy monster and her little monster one," spooky beasties including ghosts, mummies, skeletons, bats, and goblins cavort in the woods while counting from 1 to 10. Manning's muted blue-green, brown-orange illustrations fill the spreads with kid-friendly monsters, although the zombies are a bit creepy. The lack of numerals on the pages limits the story's usefulness as a counting book. Libraries in need of monster-filled Halloween tales may consider this as an additional purchase.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061767982
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 302,614
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Jane is the author of more than twenty picture books and chapter books for children, including A Vampire Is Coming to Dinner! and Noelle of the Nutcracker. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, daughter, and family cat, Mittens.

Jane Manning is the illustrator of dozens of children's books, including the I Can Read Book Baa-Choo! by Sarah Weeks and the New York Times bestselling The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low. She currently lives in Deep River, Connecticut.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    My husband and I love classic monsters, so my son received this

    My husband and I love classic monsters, so my son received this book for his second birthday. Eye-popping illustrations, especially the zombie, werewolf, and dragon scenes. I especially liked the inclusion of some interesting vocabulary words that you don’t hear often in children’s books, example: the hovel made of sticks. I think that my husband and I enjoy this book as much as my son does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Mom of 2

    I think this is a very cute little book. My kids won't give me back my nook. They enjoy listening to it over and over and over again. Sometimes I can get my oldest to read it to his brother, but most times I find my youngest hiding in a corner, by himself listening.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    Counting Halloween Book

    This is an adorable Halloween book full of spooks and monsters. The rhyming prose is crisp, fresh, and fun to read. The illustrations are charming and well executed. A lovely harmony between writing and artwork. This is the perfect book to get you ready for trick or treating!

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