The Story of the Jack O'Lantern

The Story of the Jack O'Lantern


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On Halloween night, we dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and carve jack-o'-lanterns. But what is really behind these holiday traditions?

It all started with a greedy man named Jack, who made a pact with the wrong person. When it comes time for Jack to repay his debt, the deal doesn't quite end as he expected. . . .

Katherine Tegen weaves together legend and tradition to tell the story of one of Halloween's most popular icons. With vibrant and dazzling illustrations from Brandon Dorman, The Story of the Jack O'Lantern answers one of the mysteries of that spooky night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061430886
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Katherine Tegen has been writing stories since she was ten years old. She has always loved celebrating holidays and anything to do with magic. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Story of the Easter Bunny, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert and praised by School Library Journal: "This visually splendid story with folktale rhythms makes a good choice for holiday sharing." She lives in New York City.

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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Story of the Jack O'Lantern 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for older children, but if you're looking for a Halloween book for your 4 year old, like I was, definitely don't get this one. It's a little too deep for that age group since it addresses "evil", how Jack made a deal with the devil, etc. Other than that, it's written well and the illustrations are very nice!
txgalBS More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be cute and well illustrated for my grandchildren (ages 6, 4, 2, and 2). However, the story is dark and disturbing and I'm going to throw the book away. I don't even want to return it so that other children could pick it up. The story is about a greedy old man (Jack) who meets a strange man (who "some even said he was the devil)". In the end when Jack dies he is "condemned to wander the earth in search of a home." Very dark story that would give small children nightmares!
USGrant More than 1 year ago
highly recommend