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Who Will I Be?: A Halloween Rebus Story

Who Will I Be?: A Halloween Rebus Story

by Shirley Neitzel, Nancy Winslow Parker (Illustrator)

At the last minute, a girl needs a costumefor a Halloween party.

She has lace-trimmed pants a frilly jacket fancy socks some foil paper and her cat

Who will she be?

The same ingredients add up to two different costumes and a surprise ending in this funny rebus story — a story you will be able to read even if you are just learning how!


At the last minute, a girl needs a costumefor a Halloween party.

She has lace-trimmed pants a frilly jacket fancy socks some foil paper and her cat

Who will she be?

The same ingredients add up to two different costumes and a surprise ending in this funny rebus story — a story you will be able to read even if you are just learning how!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Following in the tradition of her previous rebus tales, Shirley Neitzel compiles items for mix-and-match costume concoctions in Who Will I Be? A Halloween Rebus Story, illus. by Nancy Winslow Parker. What does the girl narrator get when she combines a pair of pantaloons, a beaded blouse and a table cloth? Well, depending on where her imagination leads, anything from shepherdess to Captain Hook. But when the heartfelt homegrown costumes go awry, Grandma comes to the rescue. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When a little girl receives an invitation to a costume party, she begins to gather clothing and other items from around her house that will be part of her costume. Each of the items becomes a symbol in the ever-increasing rebus rhyme. She is delighted with her Little Bo Peep costume, but her parents' expressions clearly say they are not. She reassembles the items to become Captain Hook. Packages from grandma arrive with just the perfect Halloween costume. Parker's clean design on a white background bring the reader along, from the simple clothing items to the little girl vividly imagining herself as Little Bo Peep or as Captain Hook. Young children will enjoy the mystery and might even try to guess what costume she is making. This is the ninth of their collaborative rebus books and brings with it the fun of deciding what to be for Halloween. 2005, Greenwillow, Ages 4 to 7.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Preparing for a Halloween party, a little girl pulls together various articles of clothing to come up with a suitable costume. Each item is depicted in rebus fashion in cumulative lines of verse. She ends up with two different costumes using the same garments, but, in the end, she receives a ready-made witch's outfit from Grandma. The repetitive rhyming text reads smoothly and easily but seems uninspired. "Who will I be? Have you guessed?/I'll bet you'll know when I get dressed." The watercolor, pencil, and pen illustrations are charming and full of fun details but are not enough to give this book the freshness and originality that it needs. Purchase if additional non-scary Halloween tales are needed.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Neitzel's story jumps out of the starting block. A girl gathers pieces of this and that to fashion a Halloween costume. As she pulls the elements together, so accumulate lines in rhyme and an evolution of rebuses in the classic format of the series. The rhyme sets have some juice and the rebuses-as rebuses will-keep the reader's focus. But once the pieces are assembled, the rebuses are dropped and the jouncy story moves into turtle-gear. The girl must decide who she wants to be for Halloween from the available materials-and there is plenty to choose from-but she devises only two alternatives, though eight would have kept the pace of the first 16 pages. This is where Parker's artwork, a mixture of watercolor, pen and colored pencil, saves it. Each of her latter illustrations is a purely described set piece with lots of detail to pore over. Collaboration, then, comes to the rescue. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Edition description:
Ages 4 and up
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

In Her Own Words...

"My earliest memories are of my mother reading aloud. A lot of characters from books were real to me, as our family ritual included bedtime stories for me and chapters from longer books for the older children.

"I wanted to read for myself, so I often lay on the kitchen floor while my mother worked and I 'read' to her from memory. Soon I realized I could tell the story more exactly if I looked carefully at the words on the page. Spelling aloud the words I couldn't figure out, I worked my way through enough stories to satisfy me until our nightly reading session.

"I was eager to start kindergarten, and the day finally came when I walked the mile from our small farm in the western part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula to a one-room school. I watched eagerly as the teacher gave each child a stack of books. When she gave me only one, I was disappointed, but I turned it sideways and read the parts that said 'To the Teacher.' Then I carefully followed the directions. When my teacher said she wanted to talk to my mother, I thought I was in trouble, but it turned out she thought I should work with the first graders. That made me happy because they each had more than one book.

"My love of reading continued. In sixth grade I went to the 'big' school in town. The school had a room with one whole wall filled with books. Immediately, I decided to read every book in that library. A story I wrote was chosen for our school newspaper. I enjoyed people telling me they liked 'My Life as a Pencil.'

"In high school I won some essay contests, so I thought of a career in journalism. But I became a teacher instead so I could continue reading wonderful books for children. I encouraged my students to write, and sometimes I shared my writing with them.

"While planning one assignment for my students, I played with the pattern of the nursery rhyme 'The House That Jack Built.' My students laughed in the right places, and friends encouraged me to send my rhyme to an editor. It took a lot of courage to do that, but I sent it to Greenwillow. The editor-in-chief, Susan Hirschman, liked my rhyme, and chose Nancy Winslow Parker to illustrate it. Nancy drew little pictures to replace some of the words. The result was The Jacket I Wear in the Snow, the first in our series of rhyme-and-rebus books.

"Usually I start with a topic and decide how the story should end. Then I write little snippets of rhyme and, like putting a puzzle together, figure out how each part connects to another. Before I finish, the story changes many times.

"Sometimes when I read my books to children, one of them says, 'Read it again.' I think that's the best reward a writer can have."

Nancy Winslow Parker is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Locks, Crocs, and Skeeters; Bugs, written by Joan Wright Richards; and Money, Money, Money. She lives in New York City and Mantoloking, New Jersey.

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