Spooky Smells of Halloween

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Little Sammy and his friends are having one spooky Halloween! They bob for apples, eat scary shaped Halloween cookies, and go trick-or-treating for other spooky treats. Children will love to read—and smell—all The Spooky Smells of Halloween.
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Overview

Little Sammy and his friends are having one spooky Halloween! They bob for apples, eat scary shaped Halloween cookies, and go trick-or-treating for other spooky treats. Children will love to read—and smell—all The Spooky Smells of Halloween.
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In the scratch and sniff title The Spooky Smells of Halloween, by Mary Man-Kong, illus. by Viviana Garofoli, young Sammy invites youngsters to prepare a Halloween party with him, enticing them to sample the scents of bobbed apples, pumpkins, berry scary punch and the ever-alluring aroma of skunk. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Sammy and his mom and dad give a Halloween party for the neighborhood children and then they all go trick-or-treating together. A perfectly simple story is embellished with the scented "scratch and sniff" spots on the apple (smelled like red delicious to me), pumpkin, "berry brew" punch (smelled just like a flavored drink), and the bubble gum given out by Katie's mom smelled just like I remember that sticky pink treat should. Sammy dresses up like a pirate, Katie comes as a witch , and other children are decked out like a ghost, a mummy, and Dracula. Even the pet cat dresses up like a skunk, which leads to the pivotal joke in the story . . . an extra black and white stripped "cat" appears at the end for the last scratch-and-sniff spot—A SKUNK (No, I did not have the courage to test that one—you are on your own!). The uncluttered, cartoon-like pictures are endearing, not-too-spooky images that fit the age group quite well. 2005, Golden Books/Random House, Ages 3 up.
—Sheilah Egan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375832857
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2005
  • Series: Scented Storybook Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 164,727
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    I thought an OK story, but children don't ask for it

    My two children love to smell things. So I thought here's a novel idea, a Halloween picture book that has "scratch-n-sniff" sections. The story line itself is fun as the storybook kids get ready to go to a Halloween party. But the worst part for my family is that the last page wants the child to "scratch-n-sniff" a skunk. That immediately ends any desire they have to finish the book or start it again (the smell pervades even with the book closed). For parents: the smell is actually a strong garlic, but to the kids its pure "skunk". Up to that page, they liked it the book and the sniffing. But the skunk thrown in for gross factor, spoiled the entire book, at least for my two children (5 and 3). They can smell the "skunk" even from the bookshelf. They don't want to have opened. Sad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    Was so looking forward to sharing this book with my granddaughte

    Was so looking forward to sharing this book with my granddaughter.  I would scratch the spot.  She would scratch the spot.  
    Smells were very, very faint.  What you could smell wasn't good. Wouldn't you know the only one that actually smelled was the skunk on
    the last page and that turned my stomach.  This is the first book like this that I was disappointed with.  That's not all bad!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Great book

    I have three grandchildren ranging in ages from 2-6. They absolutely loved this book.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

    Great "scratch-n-sniff" book!

    This was our favorite "sniff" book so far. The scents were great (although the cookie didn't have a smell....maybe an oversight) with a nice surprise at the end of the book. My daughters, ages 3 & 6 had fun with this book. The scents are fairly strong, the story not too complex, but fun. Would love to have more things to "scratch-n-sniff", but compared to other books like this we've purchased, it was a great buy!

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