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From the creators of DINOSAURUMPUS! comes their new Halloween picture book about counting.

"Listen! Hush! Oooh, what's that sound? The midnight spooks are coming round." Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees team up again to create another fun-filled book. Halloween is the setting as kids rhyme their way through the night and to a spook-filled birthday party. Emphasized sounds such as "CLICKETY CLACK" and "HISSSSS!" will allow younger children to enjoy the fun of reading. Parker-Rees's illustrations, in the tradition ...

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Overview

From the creators of DINOSAURUMPUS! comes their new Halloween picture book about counting.

"Listen! Hush! Oooh, what's that sound? The midnight spooks are coming round." Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees team up again to create another fun-filled book. Halloween is the setting as kids rhyme their way through the night and to a spook-filled birthday party. Emphasized sounds such as "CLICKETY CLACK" and "HISSSSS!" will allow younger children to enjoy the fun of reading. Parker-Rees's illustrations, in the tradition of DINOSAURUMPUS! and K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO, are sure to delight.

The midnight spooks come around when the bell in the rickety tower bongs twelve times.

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It does not have to be Halloween for spooky, scary creatures to be about once the clock strikes twelve. In verse we count down from twelve all those who join the fun, from eleven witches who "stir their spell" through ghosts, skeletons, owls trolls, "Five big spiders, fat and hairy," to the witchy twins. They greet their guest at the top of the castle stairs with "one gigantic pumpkin pie." Then it's time to play and party until dawn. The text is little more than an excuse for the double-page paintings filled with the assorted frantic activities of the spooky folks. Obviously designed for laughs, pictures and lines of text gyrate together through the woods under the black skies and into the castle interior. Cartoon-y characters include a cat and dog that move through all the adventures, eventually joining the twins as they "go to snuggly beds." 2004 (orig. 2003), Orchard Books/Scholastic Inc, Ages 4 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This rhythmic, storytime counting treat features a frightfully friendly cast of characters on their way to a monsters' bash. "Eleven witches," "Ten funny, floaty ghosts," "Nine skeletons," and so on make their way across a dark forest to a party in a castle, where they all slice into "One gigantic pumpkin pie." Mitton's catchy rhyming couplets correspond nicely with Parker-Rees's floodlit illustrations. Colorful two-page paintings show marching trolls and dancing wizards. On some spreads, two single-page illustrations are paired together, and details in the art cross the book's gutters-a sprig of grass here, the bristles of a broom there-and keep the action flowing smoothly. This book is good, nonthreatening Halloween fun for even the youngest of children.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439603737
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Mitton

Tony Mitton is a widely anthologized children's poet, as well as a teacher and performing poet. His Royal Raps won the 1997 Nottinghamshire Libraries/Dillons Children's Book Award. His recent collection of poetry, Plum, won the Publishers Weekly 2003 Cuffies Award for Best Book of Poetry. Tony teamed with illustrator Ant Parker on several books, including Dazzling Diggers, Roaring Rockets, and Terrific Trains. Ant Parker studied drawing and printing at the Bath Academy of Art in England and has taught papermaking, printing and bookbinding workshops for children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    Count on Mitton and Parker-Rees for Halloween

    The spooky crew in this counting story told in rhyme is on the way through the forest to attend a Halloween party. The end pages depict black and white skeletons with cheery faces cavorting amidst the black and white birch trees, clearly foreshadowing the fun to come as they join the other spooks out at midnight. Witches, wizards, ghosts, trolls, spiders, and more meet at the castle for one gigantic pumpkin pie. The characters are cute rather than scary and the story bounces happily along. The illustrations are bright and colorful making this an excellent Halloween storytime read. Youngsters will love it and return to count and recount the characters on their way to the party. It is recommended for both elementary school libraries and public libraries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2004

    Children's Literature Review

    Witches, ghosts, wizards, and spiders are what make this book come alive. Counting down from twelve ringing bells to one big pumpkin pie, this book will keep the reader entertained through the whole story. In this book, the major characters are a dog and a cat that travel to a castle and meet many spooky creatures on their way. The dog and cat begin on their journey when they see twelve ringing bells that set the spooky, fun, and suspenseful mood of the story. Next, they meet eleven witches, ten friendly ghosts, nine skeletons, and eight spooky owls. The journey continues when the dog and cat see seven spooky-eyed cats, six trolls, five fat spiders, and four wizards. When the dog and cat arrive at the castle, three men in armor meet them at the front gate. Mitch and Titch, the witchy twins, meet them at the front door with one big pumpkin pie. The Halloween party begins, food is served, and games are played. After everyone is partied out, they all go home and go to sleep. This book is very fun and energetic. Any child would love reading this exciting Halloween adventure.

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