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Title:
A creepy countdown
Author:
Huck, Charlotte S.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 31 cm
Summary:
Ten scary Halloween things, such as jack-o-lanterns, bats, and witches, count from one to ten and then back down again.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780688154608

9780688154615
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

From one to ten--and down again to one. And every number will make you shiver and shake. (Well, sometimes you will be shaking with laughter, but no matter.)

Start counting with One Tall Scarecrow. Go on to Two Lumpy Toads. How long will it take you to learn all these creepy couplets by heart? Not much longer than it will take you to count to ten and down again to one!

On you mark--get set--GO!What do lumpy toads, hooting owls, furry bats, skinny witches, ghastly ghosts, yowling cats, and brave mice have in common? They all parade through the spine-tingling pages of Charlotte Huck's imaginative countdown and revel in an especially eerie night! But the mice get the last Boo (or maybe young readers do) in this enchanting book that goes from one to ten and back again, and dazzles with its ticklish scratchboard pictures. A positively creepy-crawly read-aloud for Halloween, storytime, and anytime!


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. This bit of fun keyed to Halloween gives children the opportunity to hone basic counting skills. Huck uses a simple rhyme to lead little ones through their numbers--1 to 10, then backward to 1 again. The rhyming text isn't particularly fresh, but it has solid child appeal: "One tall scarecrow / standing on a hill. / Two lumpy toads / sitting very still." And Smith's stark scratchboard illustrations are very appealing. Although their frame-within-a-frame design detracts a bit from the main picture, the beautifully detailed scratchboards, overlaid with judiciously placed watercolor, give kids a clear shot at doing their counting. At the same time, they capture the eerie holiday mood without being overly frightening. --Stephanie Zvirin


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Huck's spirited counting rhyme from 1 to 10 and back again trips easily off the tongue, and Smith's black ink on scratchboard with watercolor overlays provide appropriate ghoulish harmony. Beginning with "one tall scarecrow standing on a hill" and "two lumpy toads sitting very still," the verses proceed to "ten tiny mice, feeling very brave." They shriek, "BOO TO YOU," which is set in large yellow letters, and get a horrified reaction from the collected bats, witches, skeletons, ghosts, and wraiths. Then, in reverse order, the creatures disappear-"nine eerie skeletons laid their bones to rest," "eight yowling cats arched their backs and fled" until "one tall scarecrow stood all alone." The mostly black-and-white scenes (ghost eyes are red) are set in large frames, bordered by thin strips of color, focusing the drama. Smith's fluid drawings contain a balance of scariness and humor sure to delight young listeners and with enough detail to invite investigation. Suspended from branches that twine behind the frames are somewhat grotesque, somewhat funny faces that are bound to catch attention. A surefire Halloween treat.-Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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