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Petal and Poppy and the Spooky Halloween!

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Halloween is here and Petal and Poppy are going to a party! But Petal's scared. Halloween is too spooky. But Poppy assures Petal it's all just pretend. There's nothing to be afraid of. But then a haunted house scares Poppy. Maybe Halloween is a little spooky after all!
 
The writing level and picture clues will help early readers perfect their reading technique, while the wonderful story—with ...

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Halloween is here and Petal and Poppy are going to a party! But Petal's scared. Halloween is too spooky. But Poppy assures Petal it's all just pretend. There's nothing to be afraid of. But then a haunted house scares Poppy. Maybe Halloween is a little spooky after all!
 
The writing level and picture clues will help early readers perfect their reading technique, while the wonderful story—with just the right amount of spookiness—will spark a love of reading that will last a lifetime.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/28/2014
Friends Petal the elephant and Poppy the rhino return in their third leveled reader, which begins with Poppy donning a monster costume to “spook” Petal. “It’s only a costume,” Poppy tells self-proclaimed “scaredy-cat” Petal, who responds with a “GAA!” After heading out on a tandem bicycle to a costume party, the two get a flat tire, resulting in an unplanned stop at a “spooky house,” where the tables turn and Poppy gets a scare. Meanwhile, Petal is shrugging off her scaredy tendencies by making friends with a real—and helpful—ghost. Sequential panels and a good amount of physical comedy move the story forward, and Briant’s subdued palette befits the unfolding nighttime shenanigans. For her part, Clough is able to inject the story with light doses of humor and suspense, even within the vocabulary limitations typical of the format. Ages 6–8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
K-Gr 3—This beginning reader highlights the fun and fright of Halloween. Poppy, initially disguised as a devil, scares Petal until Petal realizes that she can make sparkling fairy wings as a fun alternative to the frightening costumes readily available. When they set out for the party, a flat tire on their bicycle leaves them abandoned outside of an eerie house, and Petal fixes it with the help of a little ghost. Poppy's earlier statement offers a dose of encouragement to Petal as the pair address their spooky surroundings: "Don't be a scaredy-cat. It is only a costume." When a gang of unusual creatures greets Poppy and Petal at the Halloween party, the friends realize their fear is all in good fun. Angular, digital animal cartoon characters keep the tone upbeat, while large panels emphasize each detailed scene with cheerful colors. A howling good addition that celebrates a favorite holiday.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
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"Simple text combines with short, but not stilted, sentences, and colorful, humorous illustrations with just enough dark to retain the Halloween feel."

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"Angular, digital animal cartoon characters keep the tone upbeat, while large panels emphasize each detailed scene with cheerful colors. A howling good addition that celebrates a favorite holiday"

School Library Journal

"Clough is able to inject the story with light doses of humor and suspense, even within the vocabulary limitations typical of the format."

Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-16
Good friends Petal and Poppy alternate fears during Halloween night in their third series adventure. Costumed as a horned, red, furry monster, rhino Poppy sneaks up on unsuspecting Petal to scare her. The incident leaves elephant Petal spooked and resistant to wearing a scary costume like her buddy. Poppy coaxes her into joining in, and Petal decides to dress up like a butterfly. Sharing a bicycle while on their way to a Halloween party, Petal is easily frightened by the costumed characters they encounter. Brave Poppy reminds Petal, "Do not be a scaredy-cat. They are only costumes." A sudden crash leaves the pair stranded in front of a spooky house. Poppy is sure someone inside can help, but upon entering, Poppy's nerve begins to weaken. (Petal remains outside.) While Poppy wanders inside, becoming increasingly frightened, a real ghost floats out to greet Petal. Thinking it is just a costume, Petal asks the creature for help fixing their bike. Clough's use of repeated phrases will help build confidence in emergent readers, while Briant's paneled cartoon illustrations ably show the swift and slightly comic role reversal. All ends well as creatures in costumes along with the real ghost gather at the Halloween party. Although this husband and wife team put forth a good effort, the characters have only mild appeal when compared to the likes of Elephant and Piggie or Frog and Toad. (Graphic early reader. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544336032
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Series: Green Light Readers Level 2 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 454,568
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Clough has written books novels and picture books, but this is her first foray into the world of early readers. Her work has won awards from Child Magazine , Parent's Choice , Bank Street , Raising Readers , and Entertainment Weekly . She spends her summers in Portland, Maine, and her winters in Clayton, New Jersey, where she's an assistant professor at Rowan University. For more about her, visit her website at www.lisajahnclough.com.

Ed Briant has published for Flux Llewelyn, Roaring Book, Greenwillow Press, and Atheneum. His first book, Paper Parade, was named a PW Flying Start. He is also the author/illustrator of the weekly comic "Tales from the Slushpile", published online with Publishers Weekly Childrens Bookshelf since 2005.

He is currently a professor of illustration at Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, Delaware.

In the summer he lives in Portland, Maine, and in the fall he's in Clayton, New Jersey. This is his first collaborative work with his wife, Lisa Clough.

Find out more about Ed at www.ebriant.com.

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