Witches' Night Before Halloween

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It�s the night before Halloween, and these witches still have many last-minute things to do! In this spooky parody of Clement C. Moore�s famous Christmas poem, the witches are up to their elbows in cobwebs and slime, trying to make sure their witchlings are well prepared for their first Halloween broomstick ride. Featuring witches like Mad-Maud and Snaggle-Tooth-Ruth and plenty of ghouls, zombies, monsters, skeletons, and moldy cellars that will satisfy all Halloween lovers, this good-natured book about these...

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Overview

It�s the night before Halloween, and these witches still have many last-minute things to do! In this spooky parody of Clement C. Moore�s famous Christmas poem, the witches are up to their elbows in cobwebs and slime, trying to make sure their witchlings are well prepared for their first Halloween broomstick ride. Featuring witches like Mad-Maud and Snaggle-Tooth-Ruth and plenty of ghouls, zombies, monsters, skeletons, and moldy cellars that will satisfy all Halloween lovers, this good-natured book about these wickedly fun witches will have kids more amused than frightened.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The muted tones of the slightly eerie illustrations give an otherworldly look to this reworking of The Night Before Christmas. While the atmosphere is definitely spooky, the book remains read-aloud friendly. A group of witches prepares the nearby town for the visit of their offspring on Halloween. They decorate the buildings with cobwebs and dribble green slime down "every porch stair." Of course, lots of black bats, newts and spiders figure into their plans. While the "witchlings lay snoring, quite snug in their beds,/ With visions of moist, creeping things in their heads" their parents happily call on ghosties, skeletons, zombies, and banshees to help with the preparations. They even take rather strikingly-depicted photographs of their antics before they head home to rouse the sleeping witchlings, who are exhorted to fly off "toward the just-risen moon." Of course, the story ends with the young witches' exhortation: "Happy Halloween to all and to all a good fright!" The author does not stint with the vocabulary, using words such as "rheumy-eyed," "charnel house," and "misshapen." While the language, in general, is somewhat sophisticated, the rhythm and the listeners' familiarity with the original poem will carry the storyline along, even with a few stretches in the rhyme scheme.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804852
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 948,179
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.89 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the nation's foremost authorities on Halloween, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne has shared her vast knowledge of the holiday in television specials for Nickelodeon and the History Channel. For more than twenty years, she also has been active in the theater. She currently is co-director of Invisible Cities Group and co-artistic director of the Studebaker Theater. Ms. Bannatyne resides in Medford, Massachusetts, and has been named one of Boston's 100 Interesting Women by Boston Woman magazine.

Adrian Tans is an accomplished artist who also enjoys traveling. He is the illustrator of Pelican's Pirate Treasure Hunt!, Witches' Night Before Halloween, and Kick the Cowboy. Tans lives in Woodstock, Vermont.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    Witches, ghost, and goblins, oh my!

    Witches, ghost, and goblins, oh my! Halloween is fast approaching and the spooks are getting ready to celebrate their favorite holiday.

    Witches' Night Before Halloween is a fun, poetic look at the night when witches haunt the skies and zombies roam the Earth. The author, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, has done a fabulous job of taking a well-known poem, The Night Before Christmas and turning it into a Halloween romp. Anybody care to find a rhyme for 'cottages' that fits the Halloween theme? No doubt it wasn't easy but the author created the perfect verses throughout so that her poem flows well and keeps the fun moving along.

    Dark, flurry, four-footed hard-to-see things
    That take to the sky amidst flutter of wings;
    Red-headed banshees with ear-splitting wails;
    And a rheumy-eyed ghost dressed in neatly pressed tails.


    The illustrator, Adrian Tans, has done a nice job of keeping the mood light with smiles on almost all the creatures in this tale. Granted, the frog, who appears in several scenes, looks a bit concerned as he clings to a flying broom, but I suspect kids will enjoy his repeated appearances and giggle at his escapades. Witches' Night Before Halloween will likely be read over and over as that special night in October approaches.

    Quill says: An entertaining look at Halloween through a well-known yet modified poem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    A quirky new look at Halloween! And beautifully illustrated!

    This book is a 'take-off' on the 'Night before Christmas' but with a ghoulish twist. The rhymes are just creepy enough--but not too creepy-- and the illustration provides a lot of visual interest for a wide age range. This could be a good spooky read for Halloween--maybe during the candy munching.

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