HALLOWEEN CIRCUS AT THE GRAVEYARD LAWN

Charise Neugebauer, Author, Robert Ingpen, Illustrator, Robert Ingpen, Author , illus. by Robert Ingpen. North-South $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7358-1683-1

Before going through this peculiar book, readers unfold the endpapers to reveal a phantasmagoric backdrop. Figures in this mural line up—some of the time—with images in the changing spreads; with a turn of the page, a pictured witch goes from stirring a cauldron to gripping a broomstick. But some clumsy pages block out a griffin's head or a clown's chin, and the randomly cavorting elves, minstrels and Alice in Wonderland characters have little to do with Neugebauer's (Where Is Henry?) plotless rhymes: "Ghosts are dreams. We're nothing more./ And without your dreams, life is such a bore!" Ages 5-8. (Aug.)

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Reviewed on: 08/04/2003
Release date: 08/01/2003
Genre: Children's
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