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Halloween Night

Halloween Night

4.6 6
by Marjorie Dennis Murray, Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)

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'Twas Halloween night, Tand all through the house, Every creature was stirring, including the mouse . . .

The witch is cooking. Banshees are singing. The goody bags are oozing with ooey, gooey snacks. Everyone's warming up for the best Halloween party ever.

Get ready for a frighteningly fun time, because you're invited!


'Twas Halloween night, Tand all through the house, Every creature was stirring, including the mouse . . .

The witch is cooking. Banshees are singing. The goody bags are oozing with ooey, gooey snacks. Everyone's warming up for the best Halloween party ever.

Get ready for a frighteningly fun time, because you're invited!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Grinning jack-o-lanterns welcome visitors to a spooky house on Halloween night, where bats flutter, spiders creep, and a witch stirs up a smelly brew. Spine-chilling creatures pack treat bags full of grubs and rotten eggs while a ghost plays an organ and banshees serve tea. All the ghouls and goblins work feverishly to prepare a special banquet for the annual trick-or-treaters and assemble eagerly to entertain the neighborhood kids. But when the children catch sight of their frightening hosts, they run down the street shrieking, away from the festivities. Without missing a beat, the eerie cast of characters parties on and at the end of the evening they all agree it was the best Halloween yet. Told in near-rhyme and loosely based on the familiar Christmas poem "The Night Before Christmas," the text is descriptive but awkward at times and will require practice before being read aloud to a group. Brandon Dorman's incredibly inventive and slyly amusing illustrations bring the author's concept to vivid life and set this picture book apart from the crowd of Halloween books written in a similar vein. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
Children's Literature - Brendan Frost
This spoof of The Night Before Christmas is itself a delightful inversion of the expectations associated with monsters. In Marjorie Dennis Murray's Halloween world, the monsters are always quite friendly, and the language she employs revels in their humorously gross habits. The rhyming works to keep the whole story lighthearted, even when the pack of ten kids who come trick-or-treating realize what sort of house they have stumbled upon. The monsters happily invite the kids in for a Halloween buffet but the kids cannot handle it so they flee, terrified—and who can blame them?—the party hosts indulge in "crunchy legs… rotten eggs" and "freshly picked bugs." The illustrations are a fun balance of cartoon style and beautiful detail. This look into the pretend lives of monsters celebrating their holiday in their style will entertain kids preparing for Halloween trick-or-treating of their own. Reviewer: Brendan Frost
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

"'Twas Halloween night, and all through the house/Every creature was stirring, including the mouse." With text echoing the classic Christmas poem, the opening spread features a brightly lit mansion and pulls even the most reluctant readers into this holiday story. Out come bats, spiders, witches, ogres, ghosts, and banshees, all excitedly preparing a spectacular buffet for young trick-or-treaters. Their work backfires, however, when the children peek into the spooky house: "But what they saw on that shadowy night/Made each little trickster shiver with fright!" Murray's smooth rhyming text combines well with Dorman's vibrant and extraordinarily detailed digital art, with surprises on every page. This is an energetic romp with a satisfying conclusion that will be a fun read-aloud for wide-eyed children anxiously awaiting the holiday.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marjorie Dennis Murray is the author of several acclaimed books for children. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where at the age of three she was placed in an orphanage and remained there until she was 12. Eventually she attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated with two degrees and high honors.

After working at several unfulfilling jobs, she discovered that she was an authentic "kid at heart", and that her true calling was to write books for children. She now works (very happily) as an assistant teacher in a preschool. She is very good at tying shoes, mixing paints, and helping children feel comfortable at school.

Marjorie Dennis Murray is the author of the very well-reviewed and popular picture book, Halloween Night; as well as Hippo Goes Bananas!, a Children's Choice Book of the Year; Don't Wake Up the Bear!, an International Reading Assoc. Choice; and one of Disney Online's Best Books of 2002, Little Wolf and the Moon.

Brandon Dorman lives in Puyallup, Washington, and is the creator of Pirates of the Sea! and Santa's Stowaway, and the illustrator of Jack Prelutsky's Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face, as well as Halloween Night, by Marjorie Dennis Murray.

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Halloween Night 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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AMWOLF More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my kids the Eve of Halloween after we were done trick-or-treating. The descriptions of the characters and the Halloween feast really make this story come to life! The story was written in such a way that it was fun to read. My kids really enjoyed it!
rharris_chs More than 1 year ago
Love this book. It has just enough spook and cute mixed into one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is witty, not scarey. It has a spark of witchy magic that evokes Halloween's distinct charm. The wording is rhythmic and clever. The illustrations are witty and vivid. This is a favorite book about our favorite holiday!