Trick-or-Treat: A Happy Haunter's Halloween (with audio recording) [NOOK Book]


This frighteningly funny collection of Halloween poems is perfect for sharing!

It?s that time of year again?

The wind is howling,
the leaves are blowing.
A sliver of...
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This frighteningly funny collection of Halloween poems is perfect for sharing!

It’s that time of year again…

The wind is howling,
the leaves are blowing.
A sliver of moon
is barely showing.

And the happy haunters are ready for a monstrous good time! In this collection of fifteen sweet, silly, and seriously fun rhyming poems, young readers will meet hungry ghouls, sneaky ghosts, and frisky skeletons, all who love partying in the moonlight. It’s a Halloween spook-tacular like no other!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Goblins and ghouls, witches and black cats, monsters, ghosts and skeletons flit around on the pages of this hilarious Halloween poetry book. The opening poem "Halloween's Eve" sets the pace for the fun spooky rhymes that follow. Its lines include words such as howling blowing, eerie, shadows, terror, shrieks, and whistling. It accompanying double-spread illustrations show costumed kids ready for a night of traditional trick-or-treating. Noises in the night, rattling bones, playful parties, and mummy mischief are some of the highlighted topics covered in other poems. The poems are especially good as read-alouds or easy enough for some readers to enjoy alone. All poems are packed with gripping action verbs and twists capable of producing giggles. Most of the fanciful illustrations are set against backgrounds of black, purple, or oranges in keeping with the Halloween subject. This book is a winner for homes and classrooms gearing up for October 31st. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Fifteen spooky poems, each with its own spread, celebrate Halloween as youngsters in costume share the night with a variety of ghosts, goblins, and unknown fiends. Bright neon colors contrast smartly with dark, brooding backgrounds as skeletons enjoy a cookout in the graveyard and Frankenstein goes trick-or-treating. A sliver of moon and a sprinkling of stars light the dark as, "Witches on broomsticks/fly over treetops./Except when it rains,/then they use mops." One verse extols the pleasures of a mummy mommy: "She reads my favorite horror story/and makes up extra parts-real gory." Another lists reasons that a vampire makes a wonderful daddy: "You can fly with him in the full moonlight./When someone picks on you, he'll bite!" Young readers will identify with the children searching for monsters under the bed and the source of strange noises at bedtime. They will also be reassured by the final verse, "Happy Haunter," featuring a smiling girl tucked into bed, safe from the creatures carousing outside on the rooftops. This collection of funny-scary verses is sure to delight even the faint of heart.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442433991
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition description: No Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 752,796
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Debbie Lepannen is an award-winning author of children’s poetry. She lives with her family in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Tad Carpenter is an acclaimed illustrator, designer, and teacher. He and his wife live in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit him at
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended, your children will love the poems!

    Loved the book! The poems were so adorable & funny! My nieces & nephews loved hearing the poems read to them! The book was enjoyed by all.

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