cover image Skelly’s Halloween

Skelly’s Halloween

David Martin, illus. by Lori Richmond. Holt, $16.99 ISBN 978-1-250-12706-8 

Even ghouls encounter Halloween wardrobe malfunctions. Soon after an eager skeleton named Skelly decides a ghost is the perfect Halloween costume, his bedsheet gets caught in a momentary updraft and he crashes to the ground in pieces. A snake, an ant colony (all wearing construction hats), and a chicken all take a turn at putting Skelly back together again, but each species has a different idea of what a reassembled skeleton should look like: “Wait a minute. I’m not supposed to have a tail,” he tells the snake. Luckily, a group of human trick-or-treaters finds the sad pile of bones that Skelly has become (“I’m like Humpty Dumpty”), and after overcoming their initial fear (“Bones!” “And they talk? Run!”), they put Skelly to rights, using the diagram on one kid’s skeleton costume as a guide. Generously scaled cartooning and sweet-natured humor make this title ideal for inaugural Halloween adventures. Ages 4–8. [em](Aug.) [/em]