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We're off to find the witch's house. Which house? The witch's house.We're off to find the witch's house, but we're not afraid. No, we're not afraid. It's Halloween night, and as the moon rises, four children set off to find the witch's house. On their way, they encounter a hoan st of silly, spooky characters, from a skittle-skattling skeleton to a shirking, lurking Dracula. Can they make it all the way to the witch's house, or will their fears get the best of them? This humorous take on a favorite holiday begs to...
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We're off to find the witch's house. Which house? The witch's house.We're off to find the witch's house, but we're not afraid. No, we're not afraid. It's Halloween night, and as the moon rises, four children set off to find the witch's house. On their way, they encounter a hoan st of silly, spooky characters, from a skittle-skattling skeleton to a shirking, lurking Dracula. Can they make it all the way to the witch's house, or will their fears get the best of them? This humorous take on a favorite holiday begs to be read aloud again and again.

Author Bio: Mr. Krieb taught elementary school for thirty years kindergarten for the final nine, before becoming a full-time writer. This is his first children's book. He lives in Oregon. R. W. Alley has illustrated many books for children, including the popular Paddington book series. He lives in Rhode Island.n

Simple, rhyming text follows a group of children as they creep down the street, passing ever more frightening creatures, on their way to pay a holiday call on a witch.

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Publishers Weekly
Four trick-or-treaters march along a hushed sidewalk, to rhythmic stanzas that can be whispered or spoken boldly: "We're creeping down the witch's street./ Which street? The witch's street./ .../ but we're not afraid./ No, we're not afraid." Newcomer Krieb uses ample repetition in a call-and-response reminiscent of "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead!" Paddington illustrator Alley pictures the children and an antic owl tumbling past "big Frankenstein,/ the herky-jerky, lurching kind" and "a mostly misty, ghostly ghost" to arrive at a holiday revel where the menaces are revealed to be comfortingly kid-size. Ages 3-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
"We're off to find the Witch's House" chant the four costumed youngsters on Halloween. "Which house?" Yes, the witch's. But "we're not afraid" goes their repeated refrain, a they creep down her street, past an owl, a skeleton, a lurching Frankenstein monster, a ghost, a wolf, Dracula, and a mummy becoming more apprehensive as they go. Finally they are knocking on the witch's door. And there she is, despite her scary shadow, cheerily inviting them and all those they passed—in costume, of course— to a Happy Halloween party. The rhythmic, repetitive text is filled with alliteration, internal rhymes—like the blinking, winking, howling, scowling, growling owl and the scary glaring wolf (just a dog)—for entertaining reading aloud. Alley makes sure his youngsters show us how justifiably frightened they are by their facial expressions and body language. Double-page watercolors contain all the symbols of the occasion, but are presented in ways to defuse the fright. The several black pages toward the end very effectively add to the mock horror. The final wordless illustration of a pumpkin pinata with its cascading goodies adds a multicultural touch. 2005, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Young readers Group, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this fun, frolicking romp, four trick-or-treating friends set off to find the witch's house on Halloween night. They're not afraid (well, maybe just a little). Along the way, they encounter several costumed ghosts and ghoulies but manage to skedaddle by and reach their destination. The friendly little witch opens her door and welcomes the children to her party. The spooky elements are just goofy enough that they aren't scary, and the rhyming, rhythmic text begs to be read aloud. The colorful cartoon illustrations have great child appeal, and the full-bleed spreads occasionally switch to a black background with white text, making for several dramatic moments. A wonderful choice for children who want something with the same gentle delivery but a little more depth and detail than Lauren Thompson's Mouse's First Halloween (S & S, 2000).-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In newcomer Krieb's story, four youngsters march off into Halloween night to find the witch's house. In a jaunty rhyme, they encounter ever-more-creepy characters as they head for their destination, all buffered by Alley's scarily playful artwork. First a skeleton pops out (is that a ponytail peeking out from the back of its skull?), then Frankenstein's monster-"We're bolting by big Frankenstein, / the herky-jerky, lurching kind- / his heavy head held on with twine. / Watch out! Don't get too close!"-a ghost, a wolf, Dracula, so that by the time they get to the witch's house, it seems a sanctuary. And so it is, when all the demons turn out to be their friends in costume. A fine combination of theatrical illustrations with merry wordplay: "We're running by a mummy now. / I hope we'll make it by some how. / I think I want my mommy now. . . ." (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525470038
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    I have been reading this book to my girls for years.  They love

    I have been reading this book to my girls for years.  They love the story line, costumes, & finale. They have started to read along with me and will even shout "the witch's house!" when it's read in the book.  This book is definitely becoming a tradition in our house!.  

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    This is an action packed book. This book grabbed the attention of my 2year old. From the beginning, the book captivated his mind with all of the ryhming, adjectives, and action packed words. This was a book HE wanted me to read again and again.

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