cover image PUMPKIN MOON


Tim Preston, , illus. by Simon Bartram. . Dutton, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-525-46713-7

A British team, Preston (The Lonely Scarecrow) and Bartram (Pinocchio), reinvents David Wiesner's Tuesday with grimacing jack-o-lanterns and a hellfire orange gleam. At midnight on October 31, weird things defy gravity. When trick-or-treaters fall fast asleep, "It's party time! And away they go." Flying pumpkins, accompanied by empty Halloween costumes, terrorize a trucker and leave sidewalk splatters the next morning. Despite accomplished illustrations, this volume lacks Tuesday's finely tuned mystery and mischief. Ages 6-10. (Aug.)