cover image Twelve Haunted Rooms of Halloween

Twelve Haunted Rooms of Halloween

Illus. by Macky Pamintuan. Sterling, $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4027-7935-0

As a bear in a purple hoodie creeps through the rooms of a haunted house, a rhyme based on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” describes the spooky sights. Pamintuan’s slick digital spreads start out sparse and become increasingly lively, as more figures appear, including “six ghosts a-boooo-ing” and “eight werewolves howling.” A gatefold reveals a grand celebration and the final verse. Readers should enjoy the suspense-building formula, interactive features (several items are hidden throughout), and more kooky than spooky cartoons. Ages 2–5. (Sept.)