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Title:
Spooky A B C
Author:
Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Halloween A B C
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
A poem for each letter of the alphabet introduces a different, spooky aspect of Halloween.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of Halloween A B C. c1987.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780689853562
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Untold hazards haunt this alphabet book -- APPLES you don't dare bite, BATS that lurk and swoop, CRAWLERS that creep right down into your gizzard... (And that's just the first three letters!) Ever since its first publication in 1987 as Halloween ABC, this collection of poems by renowned poet Eve Merriam and images from Caldecott Honor artist Lane Smith has been mesmerizing readers young and old. Now it's been 'spooked up,' so a whole new generation of youngsters can relish this voyage through the alphabet!But beware! The T is for TRAP, so read with care!


Author Notes

Eve Merriam (July 19, 1916 - April 11, 1992) was an American poet and writer. Her first book was entitled, Family Circle. She was born as Eva Moskovitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating with an A.B. from the Cornell University in 1937, Merriam moved to New York to pursue graduate studies at Columbia University. Her book, The Inner City Mother Goose, was described as one of the most banned books of the time. It inspired a 1971 Broadway musical called Inner City and a 1982 musical production called Street Dreams. Merriam won an Obie Award from the Village Voice in 1976 for her play, The Club. In 1981 she won the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.

Merriam died on April 11, 1992, in Manhattan, NY from liver cancer.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. Besides the new title, this new edition of Merriam and Smith's richly atmospheric and downright scary Halloween ABC (1987) offers redesigned pages and new type. The most striking difference, though, is the heightened impact of the artwork. The illustrations are now twice as large and somewhat brighter and more varied in hue than they appeared in the older volume. The book ends with a three-page section that explains how the original book came to be written (first pictures, then poems, then more pictures) and includes five illustrations that did not appear in the first volume. A handsome showcase for Merriam's poems and Smith's artwork, this edition is not a necessary purchase but a nice addition to library collections. Carolyn Phelan.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Designed to shiver the timbers of youngsters all year round, the previously published Halloween ABC (1987) is now Spooky ABC by Eve Merriam, illus. by Lane Smith. The handsome edition pits 26 alphabetically organized poems-"Demon" and "Lair" among them-against eerie illustrations. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved