Itï¿½s the night before Halloween, and these witches still have many last-minute things to do! In this spooky parody of Clement C. Mooreï¿½s 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.
|Publisher:||Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.