Scary, Scary Halloween
Scary, Scary Halloween

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Annotation: A band of trick-or-treaters and a mother cat and her kittens spend a very scary Halloween.
Catalog Number: #261481
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 1986
Edition Date: 1986
Illustrator: Brett, Jan,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-89919-799-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-36796-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-89919-799-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-36796-8
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 22 x 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A Halloween offering that is sure to be snatched up year-round by children on the prowl for scary books. The rhymes are full of repetitions that give the text the quality of a chant. These marching rhythms advance a band of Halloween creatures along a winding country road. Bunting's strong verbs and Brett's clean, clear line drawings and vivid palette bring a devil, skeleton, ghost, etc., to life, and the effect is exciting but not in the least sinister or fear-inspiring. (Bunting's language does become a bit turgid at points, however.) The creatures are a troupe of spirited trick-or-treaters, but this is not known by the mother cat who tells story. Nor are readers aware of the identity of the narrator at the beginning. But as the parade progresses, and three more little eyes appear in the dark, readers begin to get a sense of those eyes warily watching the spectacle from a safe distance. Brett creates skillful shifts in visual perspective and effectively interprets the book's final turnabout: the tiny eyes, mere points of light, clustered under a house, are hidden so long as the trick-or-treaters are about. But when all is quiet, they suddenly blossom into cats that form their own parade and claim Halloween, just as the rising golden harvest moon at the book's beginning blossoms into a milky moon above them. Carefully planned and executed, illustrations and text nicely unified, this is well designed for group use and a fine introduction to Halloween story programs. Susan Powers, Berkeley Carroll Street School, Brooklyn
Word Count: 265
Reading Level: 2.6
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 34858 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.1 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q10058
Lexile: NP

Four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat.


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