Scary, Scary Halloween

Scary, Scary Halloween

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by Eve Bunting, Jan Brett
     
 

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Four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat. "Carefully planned and executed, illustrations and text nicely unified, this is well designed for group use and a fine introduction to Halloween story programs." -- School Library Journal, starred review  See more details below

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Four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat. "Carefully planned and executed, illustrations and text nicely unified, this is well designed for group use and a fine introduction to Halloween story programs." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two green eyes shine in the night sky and someone whispers, ``I peer outside, there's something there/ that makes me shiver, spikes my hair./ It must be Halloween.'' As the unnamed narrator looks on, a skeleton, a ghost, a vampire, a werewolf, witches, goblins, gremlins, a devil and a mummy pass by. The monsters are in fact children dressed up in Halloween costumes, but Brett's pictures are deliciously scary. They strike a perfect balance between the children's costumes and their imaginary personae, drawing readers into a make-believe world. When the children go indoors, the narrator and his friendsa gang of adventurous pussycatsstalk the streets to prowl till dawn. Luminescent colors glow eerily in the darkened neighborhood; this holiday poem possesses all the atmosphere of the spookiest Halloween. (4-8)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A Halloween offering that is sure to be snatched up year-round by children on the prowl for scary books. The rhymes are full of repetitions that give the text the quality of a chant. These marching rhythms advance a band of Halloween creatures along a winding country road. Bunting's strong verbs and Brett's clean, clear line drawings and vivid palette bring a devil, skeleton, ghost, etc., to life, and the effect is exciting but not in the least sinister or fear-inspiring. (Bunting's language does become a bit turgid at points, however.) The creatures are a troupe of spirited trick-or-treaters, but this is not known by the mother cat who tells story. Nor are readers aware of the identity of the narrator at the beginning. But as the parade progresses, and three more little eyes appear in the dark, readers begin to get a sense of those eyes warily watching the spectacle from a safe distance. Brett creates skillful shifts in visual perspective and effectively interprets the book's final turnabout: the tiny eyes, mere points of light, clustered under a house, are hidden so long as the trick-or-treaters are about. But when all is quiet, they suddenly blossom into cats that form their own parade and claim Halloween, just as the rising golden harvest moon at the book's beginning blossoms into a milky moon above them. Carefully planned and executed, illustrations and text nicely unified, this is well designed for group use and a fine introduction to Halloween story programs. Susan Powers, Berkeley Carroll Street School, Brooklyn
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"Carefully planned and executed, illustrations and text nicely unified, this is well designed for group use and a fine introduction to Halloween story programs." School Library Journal, Starred

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395519967
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/1989
Series:
Carry-Along Book and Cassette Favorites Series
Edition description:
book included
Product dimensions:
10.21(w) x 11.62(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

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"Carefully planned and executed, illustrations and text nicely unified, this is well designed for group use and a fine introduction to Halloween story programs." School Library Journal, Starred

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

With more than thirty million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation’s foremost author/illustrators of children’s books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

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Scary, Scary Halloween 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
theholly5510 More than 1 year ago
I peer outside, there's something there That makes me shiver, spikes my hair. It must be Halloween!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is Outstanding.I read it when i was in Kindergarten.I really enjoyed the book.There is also some other books that i really enjoyed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old son absolutely loves this book. Almost every time he goes to the library, he checks it out. We've read it so many times, he knows the pages by heart!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book where the words flow off of the pages. My daughter makes me read it to her every night. The illustrations are as wonderful as the words.