Scary, Scary Halloween

Eve Bunting, Author, Jan Brett, Illustrator
Eve Bunting, Author, Jan Brett, Illustrator Clarion Books $16 (40p) ISBN 978-0-89919-414-1
Reviewed on: 09/22/1986
Release date: 09/01/1986
Two green eyes shine in the night sky and someone whispers, ""I peer outside, there's something there/ that makes me shiver, spikes my hair./ It must be Halloween.'' As the unnamed narrator looks on, a skeleton, a ghost, a vampire, a werewolf, witches, goblins, gremlins, a devil and a mummy pass by. The monsters are in fact children dressed up in Halloween costumes, but Brett's pictures are deliciously scary. They strike a perfect balance between the children's costumes and their imaginary personae, drawing readers into a make-believe world. When the children go indoors, the narrator and his friendsa gang of adventurous pussycatsstalk the streets to prowl till dawn. Luminescent colors glow eerily in the darkened neighborhood; this holiday poem possesses all the atmosphere of the spookiest Halloween. (4-8)
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