Children's Literature - Susie WildeRegan's The Thirteen Hours of Halloween is fun for the whole family. The book actually can be sung to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas". There are goblins, werewolves, bats, and pumpkins to count. There also is the problem of a girl whose room is crowded with a "vulture in a dead tree" and "eleven rapping mummies". Try thinking of an answer for that problem. The main character does. After you read the book, neither the song nor the holiday will ever be the same again!
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 3-Regan has adapted the traditional song, ``The Twelve Days of Christmas,'' to accommodate a creepy collection of characters. On the first hour of Halloween, a little girl's best friend presents her with a grinning ``vulture in a dead tree.'' This dubious gift is followed, on the hour, by ``two pumpkins carved, three fat bats, four witches' cats,'' and so on. The list of surprises includes flying broomsticks, staring zombies, bubbling cauldrons, and many other ingredients for a perfectly ghastly party. On the 13th hour the noise becomes unbearable, so the girl gives away her gifts in reverse order, keeping only the vulture. The zany, cartoonlike illustrations dispel any chance for true shivers, but humorous touches such as rapping mummies, zombies on skateboards, and werewolves in polka-dot overalls will certainly bring smiles. Since the book is small, the text begs to be sung rather than read aloud in group situations. Combine it with Caroline Stutson's By the Light of the Halloween Moon (Lothrop, 1993), another cumulative holiday selection, and your audience will shriek and cackle with delight.-Lisa S. Murphy, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
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- 9.08(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
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My five year old son and two year old daughter love this book. We have been singing/reading it during the Christmas season (after discovering it at Halloween). We start out rather quietly, but by the end of the story are quite loud and giggling so much we can barely sing the last line. What a delightful 'together' time we have!!