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Midnight in the Cemetery: A Spooky Search-and-Find Alphabet Book

Midnight in the Cemetery: A Spooky Search-and-Find Alphabet Book

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by Cheryl Harness, Robin Brickman (Illustrator)
This treasure hunt alphabet book features collage art in which ghosts scare away two children searching for bounty in a graveyard. Full color.


This treasure hunt alphabet book features collage art in which ghosts scare away two children searching for bounty in a graveyard. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this puzzler, two treasure-hunters anger the radiant-white specter of a buccaneer. Alliterative objects lurk in the phantasmal illustrations, and rhyming quatrains emphasize each letter ("J": "The kids' hearts jerk like jumping beans,/ Their legs turn to jelly inside their jeans"). The verse is convoluted and hokey; the better midnight fright comes from Brickman's (A Log's Life) funereal collages. With their 3D-like effects and morbid colors, the tableaux recall the motionless contents of a Victorian bell jar. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Having been double-dog-dared by the big boys to go to the cemetery at midnight, find an X and dig behind it for the pirates gold, two children carry their shovels. When they begin to dig, to their horror, the pirate Ed "explodes" from his grave. As they flee, other ghosts begin to appear. The children retreated so quickly that Ed announces there was plenty of time to party. Brickman's impressive collages simultaneously appear macabre and humorous. Some of her three-dimensional paint on paper illustrations appear so real the reader feels that she can reach out and touch the objects. The pictures grow increasingly brighter, from midnight blues to the bright light of day. Alphabetical alliteration tells this cautionary tale. Each page has objects beginning with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet for the reader to find. There is a listing of them in the back of the book. The spooky ambiance created by the cadence of the text and the style of illustrations will satisfy those looking to be scared.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The illustrations steal the show in this spooky offering. Collages done with cut, painted, and sculpted watercolor paper cover the double-page spreads. The pages glow in ghostly whites and midnight blues, with the graveyard figures and tombstones appearing almost three-dimensional as they combine the satisfyingly macabre with the reassuringly humorous. The rhymed story tells of two children who steal into a cemetery to dig up the treasure of "evil old Ed," but are driven off by angry ghosts who go on to celebrate until dawn. The alphabet comes in the form of objects and animals beginning with each letter that can be found in the illustrations. A key at the back of the book lists the hidden objects. Additional clues are provided by the rhymes, in which an alphabetical series of alliterations indicates which initials to look for on each page, except for X, which only "marks the spot." "A gang of gray ghouls gasps and groans" and "Forlorn funeral flowers shiver lightly" may tangle the tongue, but are part of the fun. Readers will enjoy searching out the hidden pictures and the situation will provoke delicious shivers in those who never find enough of the "scary stuff."-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
10.11(w) x 11.84(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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Midnight in the Cemetery 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kaidens-mom More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book. Wonderfully illustrated, a must have.