The 13 Days of Halloween

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"On the first day of Halloween my good friend gave to me: a vulture in a dead tree."

Children will love to sing along!

Everyone knows "The Twelve Days of Christmas," but are you ready for The Thirteen Days of Halloween? In this delightfully offbeat story, a dashing ghoul tries to win his ghostly love's heart with heaps of hilarious gifts ranging from broomsticks and bats to cauldrons and cats! Carol Greene's lively verse is perfectly ...

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Overview

"On the first day of Halloween my good friend gave to me: a vulture in a dead tree."

Children will love to sing along!

Everyone knows "The Twelve Days of Christmas," but are you ready for The Thirteen Days of Halloween? In this delightfully offbeat story, a dashing ghoul tries to win his ghostly love's heart with heaps of hilarious gifts ranging from broomsticks and bats to cauldrons and cats! Carol Greene's lively verse is perfectly complemented by Tim Raglin's enchantingly erie illustrations. Children of all ages will love to sing along. The result is a frightfully funny Halloween tale you'll never forget.

Carol Greene wrote her first poem when she was six years old (it was about a spider). To date she has published over a hundred books for children. Carol also likes to read, sing, and make teddy bears. She lives in Webster Groves, Missouri, with her cat Dulcie.

Tim Raglin brings his wacky imagination and wonderfully odd cast of characters to The Thirteen Days of Halloween. His previous books include Five Funny Fights, Pecos Bill, and The Birthday ABC. He received a silver medal from the New York Society of Illustrators for his book Uncle Mugsy & the Terrible Twins of Christmas. Mr. Raglin lives in his hometown of Independence, Kansas.

A Halloween version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," featuring such seasonal gifts as bats, goblins, spiders, worms, and ghosts.

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Editorial Reviews

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""The 13 Days of Halloween is a delightful and fun way to celebrate this wonderful holiday that allows a child's imagination to soar with unclipped wings! The illustrations are fantastic, bright, vivid and tons of fun!"" - Cafe of Dreams

""The illustrations are cool and creepy and when coupled with the offbeat verse make for an irresistible read."" - L.A. Parent Magazine

""This is a great Halloween read, and the kids totally loved it. Totally."" -

""The 13 Days of Halloween is just the right blend of creepy and silly to delight children without scaring them...Tim Raglin's detailed, whimsical illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the sing-along tale."" - Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile

""My second grade class had a blast with this book! The children love the words, they love the illustrations, and they love singing it! The illustrations are great and they support the text well. The Thirteen Days of Halloween is a very fun Halloween read!"" - The Friendly Book Nook

""I loved the fun take on this story for Halloween with all the crazy gift items, but it's really the illustrations that should be noted in this book."" - Shooting Star Mag

""Whether you love open ended questions or not, the text is fun and playful. But the illustrations will take your breath away (if you're already not out of breath from singing!). Tim Raglin's attention to detail is magnificent and your young readers will be counting spiders, looking for the vulture in a dead tree, and following the skeleton dog from page to page."" - Examiner.com

""This is a great book to teach numbers from 1-13, counting on, adding 1, and sets. I can see classes creating their own 13 days using other Fall or Halloween objects. What fun!"" - Write For A Reader

""Little trick-or-treaters of all ages will enjoy using their imaginations as they tip-toe through this enchanting book, savoring the infectious prose and delightful illustrations."" - Bobbi's Book Nook

""The 13 Days of Halloween is a fun and funny (grinning ghosts and ghouls, not scary skeletons) children's picture book, that my younger children (ages 5 and 7) and I (I'm not telling my age!) have enjoyed reading again and again this season."" - She Is Too Fond of Books

""Looking for a fun and off-beat book in anticipation of Halloween? I recommend this highly original, whimsical, and yes, a bit creepy tale."" - Lit For Kids

""The 13 Days of Halloween is one I can picture coming out each October and reading as a family in anticipation of the holiday that kids and adults alike enjoy. It was a treat to read!"" - One Persons Journey Through a World of Books

""I loved the illustrations which are by Tim Raglin. They are absolutely hideous but not gruesome."" - SMS Book Reviews

""The illustrations are lively - each one a fitting and fun accompaniment to the verse. With so much to see on each page, we find a new creature every time." " - lit*chick

""What really makes The 13 Days of Halloween special is the creativity of author Carol Greene — who writes of such creepy crawlies as "seven spiders creeping" and "five cooked worms" — and the brilliant illustrations by Tim Raglin."" - Diary of An Eccentric

""I think kids will ask for this story over and over, because of its catchy verse and ghoulish content."" - Bri Meets Books

""This has been added to our Halloween reading box, and will be a part of our holiday traditions."" - Read. Write. Thrive!

""This parody of "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" makes the perfect Halloween gift for little goblins. Its playful witty text and humorous illustrations will surely make it an instant classic."" - Library Lounge Lizard

""Carol Greene has written a parody on "The 12 Days of Christmas" - it is so fun and kids will truly relate! It's catchy and Tim Raglin's illustrations are SUPERB!!"" - In The Pages

""Carol Greene's lively verse is perfectly complemented by Tim Raglin's enchantingly erie illustrations. Children of all ages will love to sing along. The result is a frightfully funny Halloween tale you'll never forget."" - Books Upon a Wee One's Shelf

""The concept is fun, the string of presents are silly and gross, the illustrations are colorful, bouyant, and imaginative."" - A Sea of Books

""The 13 Days of Hallowen is an excellent book for emergent readers. Rhyme and repetition, as well as predictable language, are important tools in learning the sounds and patterns of language."" - Reading Rumpus

""The illustrations are brightly colored and definitely not the terribly scary sort. I was glad to discover the overall silly nature translated to this being an entirely appropriate book for young children."" - For Immediate Release Reviews

""We would recommend this as a fun, Halloween book to read (or preferably sing) to your children before trick-or-treating."" - The Latenier Gang Book Review Spot

""One thing that I really liked about this book (and didn't even realize it when I read it the first time) is that THE 13 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN is actually educational! My son loved to countdown with the story/song, and he especially enjoyed looking for and counting the characters on each page! This book kept him entertained long after we finished reading it together!"" - Booking Mama

""Children will love singing "The 13 Days of Halloween." And they will be tickled by the funny illustrations."" - Into The Wardrobe

""Raglin's illustrations are eerie and completely complimentary to this imaginatively-creepy and lots-of-fun sing-a-long book."" - The Children's Book Review

""This beautifully illustrated book will have children counting everything from four giggling ghosts to 10 goblins gobbling, up until the final pages of the book."" - Florida Times-Union

Children's Literature
The classic Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" takes on a whole new twist in this imaginative, humorous version that you and your kindergarten class, will quickly be singing along to. Halloween is the holiday in this case. In the story we find a dashing ghoul trying to win the heart of what appears to be a charming, offbeat ghost. His offer starts the first refrain with the gift of 'a vulture in a dead tree.' It increases up the counting scale from giggling ghosts and fat toads to seven spiders creeping and six owls a screeching. Naturally we think the end will come with the twelve cauldrons bubbling. But wait, the title is "The 13 Days of Halloween!" The lady ghost's final response on the thirteenth day surprises the reader who likely has been giggling their whole way through. The absurdly combined scary, yet funny illustrations are a reminder that just sometimes, it is fun to be scared! 2000, BridgeWater Books, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Greene's holiday rhyme loosely based on "The 12 Days of Christmas" has been given sprightly new illustrations. A green ghoul is wooed by a similarly colored male that first offers her "a vulture in a dead tree." And so the courting continues on each double-page spread. Kids will have fun counting the different offerings, from "two hissing cats" and "three fat toads" to "six owls a-screeching" and "ten goblins gobbling." Then, on the 11th day, they can sort out the confusion that suddenly erupts from the mass of flying objects in the crowded sky. The tables are turned on the 13th day, when the narrator now invites the "good friend" to tea, and-with mounting suspense-gives "A real, live-." Readers are asked to guess what the 13 final presents might be. This ending will require adult explanation, as young readers may not understand their role in the story. Raglin's art brings the text to life through creepy pen-and-ink drawings that are drawn in muted color against a dull, but multi-toned background, a color scheme that suits the story. Picture books on this subject abound, but the idea of the 13 days gives this book a unique twist.-Elizabeth Maggio, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402230967
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,008,748
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Greene wrote her first poem when she was six years old (it was about a spider). To date she has published over a hundred books for children. Carol also likes to read, sing, and make teddy bears. She lives in Webster Groves, Missouri, with her cat Dulcie.

Tim Raglin brings his wacky imagination and wonderfully odd cast of characters to The Thirteen Days of Halloween. His previous books include Five Funny Fights, Pecos Bill, and The Birthday ABC. He received a silver medal from the New York Society of Illustrators for his book Uncle Mugsy & the Terrible Twins of Christmas. Mr. Raglin lives in his hometown of Independence, Kansas.

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