cover image The Crayons Trick or Treat

The Crayons Trick or Treat

Drew Daywalt, illus. by Oliver Jeffers. Philomel, $9.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-62102-8

Costumes? Check. Enthusiasm? Check. Door-knocking protocol? Not so much. Halloween night is off to a rough start in this spin-off from Daywalt and Jeffers, in which the crayons make some hilarious missteps when they head out trick-or-treating. Orange, fittingly dressed as a jack-o’-lantern, assures rule-follower Purple, sporting a sharp vampire getup, that the crayon crew knows just what to do, but the group proves unsure what to say when they knock on their neighbors’ doors. Orange tries the first residence, saying “Give us your candy, lady,” as Peach, wearing the crayon box, calls back to the original book, exclaiming, “I’m naked!” Subsequent stops prove equally silly as Purple, alongside bat-winged Black, coaches the pals on the holiday’s conventional greeting, and finally gets everyone in line. This book’s diminutive trim size and classic costumes make for predictably pleasing snack-size fun. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)