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Children's LiteratureIt 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