It's Halloween and Minerva Louise is as fearless? and clueless?as ever. She investigates the witches, ghosts, and goblins visiting the farm and delights in trick-or-treating for the very first time. Little farmers with pointed hats and very strange farming tools are running around. Folks are handing out the most delicious (candy) corn. The neighbors even compliment Minerva on her fine costume! (Uh, what costume?) Youngsters will cheer the return of the intrepid but birdbrained chicken. Minerva Louise, ...
It's Halloween and Minerva Louise is as fearless? and clueless?as ever. She investigates the witches, ghosts, and goblins visiting the farm and delights in trick-or-treating for the very first time. Little farmers with pointed hats and very strange farming tools are running around. Folks are handing out the most delicious (candy) corn. The neighbors even compliment Minerva on her fine costume! (Uh, what costume?) Youngsters will cheer the return of the intrepid but birdbrained chicken. Minerva Louise, ?unquestionably a star? (Publishers Weekly), bumbles through everyone's favorite spooky evening in her signature lovable, silly style.
Minerva, the lovably oblivious white chicken, returns to offer running commentary on events occurring on Halloween. Minerva happily spends time watching “the farmers” (really children dressed in their costumes) at play. Contentedly misinformed, Minerva reassures a jack-o'-lantern about two frolicking ghosts: “Oh, that? Don't worry. That's just the laundry.” As ever, the disconnect between Minerva's observations and Stoeke's cheery imagery should provoke plenty of audience response. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
- Carrie Hane Hung
It is Halloween, and the people are getting ready for this fun fall festivity at the farmhouse. Enter Minerva Louise, a chicken who lives on the farm. She has her own innocent perspective of what is going on around the yard. She sees the farmers busy at work planting a rock garden when the children are actually placing decorative headstones in the lawn for the Halloween party. Minerva Louise thinks that the farmers are bringing feed buckets to the door, but, actually, they are children out for trick-or-treats. The text itself only reveals Minerva's thoughts, and the simple, color illustrations provide a view of what is going on in the plot. It is the combination of text and illustration that blend to bring out the humor and laughter. This Halloween story is one that is hilarious rather than scary. Those children who previously have enjoyed other Minerva Louise stories will probably enjoy this one as well. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-K–Guileless Minerva Louise is back for another adventure. As always, everything she sees is interpreted from her point of view as a chicken. The children who are getting ready for Halloween are referred to as “the farmers.” When they place fake tombstones in the yard, she thinks they’re planting a rock garden. She thinks bat-filled cobwebs placed in the corner of the porch are new curtains. The skeleton hanging on the door holding a scythe is a farmer with a shovel, one who is too skinny to dig anything. But when the children start trick-or-treating, the chicken gets really excited. She thinks they’re bringing feed bags to the door and getting corn. She grabs an empty cupcake paper from the table, joins them at the door, and gets some candy corn just like the kids. The illustrations are crisp and clear with flat colors, outlined in black. Fans of Minerva Louise will love this title. –Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
That daffy chicken is back, here viewing Halloween in her inimitably self-referential way. "Oh, hello!" she says to a front-porch scarecrow as she looks at decoration cobwebs, "Did you put up the new curtains?" What she loves most of all, of course, is the very sweet corn the farmer is handing out to everyone who rings the bell. There's no question that Stoeke's got her formula down pat: Bright, clean panels depict the reality Minerva Louise observes while her obtuse narration thereof runs underneath. In a nod to the times, the author adds a Harry Potter to the princesses, ghosts and witches who visit the house. Hardly revolutionary, either within her own oeuvre or that of the Halloween book, but kids will like it nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-5)