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Scary, scary Halloween
Bunting, Eve, 1928-
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Publication Information:
New York : Houghton Mifflin, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog, 1 7/8 ips + 1 book (unpaged : color illustrations ; 23 x 22 cm)
A band of trick-or-treaters and a mother cat and her kittens spend a very scary Halloween.
General Note:
Side 1 has page turn signals; Side 2 without.

Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 34858.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 1 Quiz: 10058.
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Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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CASSETTE KIT T. Juvenile Media Kit Media Kits
CASSETTE KIT 860-1 Juvenile Fiction Holiday

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Four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat.

Author Notes

Eve Bunting was born in 1928 in Maghera, Ireland, as Anne Evelyn Bunting. She graduated from Northern Ireland's Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and then studied at Belfast's Queen's College. She emigrated with her family in 1958 to California, and became a naturalized citizen in 1969.

That same year, she began her writing career, and in 1972, her first book, "The Two Giants" was published. In 1976, "One More Flight" won the Golden Kite Medal, and in 1978, "Ghost of Summer" won the Southern California's Council on Literature for Children and Young People's Award for fiction. "Smokey Night" won the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1995 and "Winter's Coming" was voted one of the 10 Best Books of 1977 by the New York Times.

Bunting is involved in many writer's organizations such as P.E.N., The Authors Guild, the California Writer's Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers. She has published stories in both Cricket, and Jack and Jill Magazines, and has written over 150 books in various genres such as children's books, contemporary, historic and realistic fiction, poetry, nonfiction and humor.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. ``I peer outside, there's something there / That makes me shiver, spikes my hair. / It must be Halloween.'' So begins Bunting's teasingly scary poem describing a parade of creatures that moves down the path on Halloween night. The mysterious sets of green eyes nervously viewing the creepy pedestrians turn out to belong to a mother cat and her kittens, who, when the monsters trick-or-treaters in costume are gone, prowl the night for their own brand of fun. Deep, dark nighttime backdrops make the bursts of color in costumes, jack-o'-lanterns, and candle-lit faces especially vibrant. The scenes play out across double spreads that adeptly lead the eye from left to right. The endpapers are a treat a whirlwind of oranges and yellows as pumpkins, bats, and autumn leaves (plus a few ghosts) swirl across the double expanse. A festive production. DMW. Halloween Fiction / Cats Fiction / Stories in rhyme [CIP] 86-2642

Publisher's Weekly Review

Two green eyes shine in the night sky and someone whispers, ``I peer outside, there's something there/ that makes me shiver, spikes my hair./ It must be Halloween.'' As the unnamed narrator looks on, a skeleton, a ghost, a vampire, a werewolf, witches, goblins, gremlins, a devil and a mummy pass by. The monsters are in fact children dressed up in Halloween costumes, but Brett's pictures are deliciously scary. They strike a perfect balance between the children's costumes and their imaginary personae, drawing readers into a make-believe world. When the children go indoors, the narrator and his friendsa gang of adventurous pussycatsstalk the streets to prowl till dawn. Luminescent colors glow eerily in the darkened neighborhood; this holiday poem possesses all the atmosphere of the spookiest Halloween. (4-8) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3 A Halloween offering that is sure to be snatched up year-round by children on the prowl for scary books. The rhymes are full of repetitions that give the text the quality of a chant. These marching rhythms advance a band of Halloween creatures along a winding country road. Bunting's strong verbs and Brett's clean, clear line drawings and vivid palette bring a devil, skeleton, ghost, etc., to life, and the effect is exciting but not in the least sinister or fear-inspiring. (Bunting's language does become a bit turgid at points, however.) The creatures are a troupe of spirited trick-or-treaters, but this is not known by the mother cat who tells story. Nor are readers aware of the identity of the narrator at the beginning. But as the parade progresses, and three more little eyes appear in the dark, readers begin to get a sense of those eyes warily watching the spectacle from a safe distance. Brett creates skillful shifts in visual perspective and effectively interprets the book's final turnabout: the tiny eyes, mere points of light, clustered under a house, are hidden so long as the trick-or-treaters are about. But when all is quiet, they suddenly blossom into cats that form their own parade and claim Halloween, just as the rising golden harvest moon at the book's beginning blossoms into a milky moon above them. Carefully planned and executed, illustrations and text nicely unified, this is well designed for group use and a fine introduction to Halloween story programs. Susan Powers, Berkeley Carroll Street School, Brooklyn (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.