Luther's Halloween

Luther's Halloween

by Cari Meister
     
 

Luther is a pet dinosaur&150a triceratops, to be exact&150though that doesn't stop him from trick-or-treating with the rest of the kids! But when Dracula starts stealing candy, it looks as though Halloween will be ruined. Is Luther brave enough to stand up to mean old Dracula? Vibrant illustrations and comic details set the stage for a night of ghoulish good fun in

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Luther is a pet dinosaur&150a triceratops, to be exact&150though that doesn't stop him from trick-or-treating with the rest of the kids! But when Dracula starts stealing candy, it looks as though Halloween will be ruined. Is Luther brave enough to stand up to mean old Dracula? Vibrant illustrations and comic details set the stage for a night of ghoulish good fun in this delightful, not-too-spooky tale for young readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Nobody messes with a dinosaur," crows this wishful and humorous bodyguard fantasy in which a lime-green triceratops vanquishes a bully. Luther, a dinosaur disguised as a pirate, acts frightened of his human pal's werewolf costume. But when a bratty kid steals trick-or-treat bags, Luther reveals his true identity and reclaims the booty. Meister (Busy, Busy City Street) implies that Luther isn't aggressive, just fair-minded. Petrone (Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin) layers cool blues and lavenders over a terracotta base, and her palette takes the edge off the frightening scenes. Her big brushstrokes show Luther's formidable size and gently rounded features. This reptilian do-gooder would be welcome on any playground. Ages 3-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Bullies and dinosaurs, two hot topics for the preschool and primary set, come together in this Halloween book. A little boy with a pet dinosaur named Luther, "a triceratops, to be exact," makes their Halloween costumes. Luther is a dressed as a pirate and the little boy as a werewolf. There are many trick-or-treaters on the street, but it is Dracula who is causing a problem. He is stealing the treat bags from the other children. The little boy decides to confront Dracula. When the bully takes the narrator's bag, his "secret weapon" goes into action. Luther saves Halloween night. The story is simply narrated by the little boy. Color is used effectively. Broad-brush strokes are used to create the nighttime-blue background with its many shadows. The bully is in black and red, while many of the other children are in brightly colored costumes. Some are quite humorous, such as the hambone and the frog, and add levity to the story. There is just enough tension here for the preschool set, and they will be content when the bully gets his comeuppance. Luther is a friendly, even cuddly-looking, dinosaur. Just the kind every little dinophile would love to have. 2004, Viking, Ages 3 to 6.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Luther, a triceratops dressed as a pirate, saves a group of human trick-or-treaters from a candy-snatching bully dressed as Dracula. Petrone's color choices convey moods and the rounded figures on spindly legs make for preschool-friendly scenes. However, bland phrasing and sentence fragments result in a choppy read-aloud, which includes 18 repetitions of the hero's name. This is a safe story for younger Halloween fans, who may focus on the art and the bully's comeuppance rather than on the fact that none of the other children finds it unusual that the pirate is actually a dinosaur, or that an herbivore would be obsessed with licking the child dressed as a ham.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670035557
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Publication date:
08/19/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Cari Meister lives in Excelsior, Minnesota.

Cari Meister lives in Excelsior, Minnesota.

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