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Title:
Trick or treat countdown
Author:
Hubbard, Patricia.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
A counting book that lists scary sights on Halloween, from one haunted house to twelve creeping cats.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 25321 Guided reading level: NR.
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ISBN:
9780823413676
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Twelve scary sights on Halloween teach how to count forward and backward.


Author Notes

Patricia Hubbard is the author of My Crayons Talk and other picture books.

Michael Letzig designs greeting cards, gift wrap, and other paper goods in addition to illustrating children's books.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-4. In Hubbard's counting rhyme, "One haunted house groans. / Two tall tombstones moan. / Three green witches cackle. / Four dead leaves crackle." A double-page spread showing trick-or-treaters dressed as witches, with the summary lines of "Haunted house and witches green. / All make-believe on Halloween," follows. This pattern repeats two more times to reach the number 12, and then a shortened version of the rhyme counts the numbers back to one again. The simple poem and recurring statement that this is all make-believe will reassure two-and three-year-olds, as will Letzig's bright illustrations, which have a toned-down spookiness just right for little ones. Children who are afraid of masks and bats and glowing jack-o-lanterns might find this just the book for counting down the days till Halloween. --Kathy Broderick


Publisher's Weekly Review

Safe for easily scared readers, this counting book firmly regulates suspense. "Three green witches cackle./ Four dead leaves crackle," but the imagined ghouls are just trick-or-treaters: "Haunted house and witches green,/ All make-believe on Halloween." Tightly framed gouaches keep the stylized ghosts and goblins (who rarely make eye contact) under control. At number 12, the counting sequence reverses into an all-out rush ("Twelve hide./ Eleven glide./ Ten howl./ Nine prowl... ") that dispels any leftover tension. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1 This counting book takes youngsters from 1 to 12 and back down again through rhyming verse that features items and creatures associated with Halloween. The text is spare: "Five Jack O'Lanterns gleam./Six scary skeletons scream." Each of the numbers is allotted its own page, and is accompanied by a full-page illustration. Since she is aiming at a young audience, the author often points out the fancifulness of the various scenarios, "Haunted house and witches green,/All make-believe on Halloween." While counting down the objects, the text becomes even leaner, "Six scream. Five gleam." The vivid illustrations done in bold colors stretch from corner to corner on each page and the ghosts, witches, bats, etc., are only marginally menacing. While Halloween concept books are nothing new, this attractive title will serve as a nonthreatening read-aloud for the preschool set. Charlotte Huck's A Creepy Countdown (Greenwillow, 1998) counts up to 10 and down again while featuring mainly black-and-white illustrations in an eerier setting. Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.