Thursday, October 1, 2009

Review - The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene

The 13 Days of Halloween
By: Carol Greene
Illustrated by: Tim Raglin

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402230966
ISBN-13: 978-1402230967
Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches

The 13 Days of Halloween is a delightful and fun way to celebrate this wonderful holiday that allows a child's imagination to soar with unclipped wings! When I first saw the cover of this book, my fingers instantly wanted to reach out and grab it. The illustrations are fantastic, bright, vivid and tons of fun!

Whether you sing the words along to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas, or just sit back and read, you and your child are in for a hauntingly fun treat! Including a vulture in a dead tree, two hissing cats, three fat toads, four giggling ghosts and five cooked worms (and this is, of course, just the beginning), your child will ask for repeat performances of this additively laugh-out-loud story. The 13 Days of Halloween is the perfect book to help celebrate Halloween and even make it a not-so-spooky time of the year for those not quite sure what to make of the entire thing. My three-year-old son and I love this book and have read it repeatedly - with many more readings on the horizon, which is just fine with me!

*overall rating 4/5


About The 13 Days of Halloween:

"On the first day of Halloween my good friend gave to me: a vulture in a dead tree."

Children will love to sing along!

Everyone knows "The Twelve Days of Christmas," but are you ready for The Thirteen Days of Halloween? In this delightfully offbeat story, a dashing ghoul tries to win his ghostly love's heart with heaps of hilarious gifts ranging from broomsticks and bats to cauldrons and cats! Carol Greene's lively verse is perfectly complemented by Tim Raglin's enchantingly erie illustrations. Children of all ages will love to sing along. The result is a frightfully funny Halloween tale you'll never forget.

Carol Greene wrote her first poem when she was six years old (it was about a spider). To date she has published over a hundred books for children. Carol also likes to read, sing, and make teddy bears. She lives in Webster Groves, Missouri, with her cat Dulcie.

Tim Raglin brings his wacky imagination and wonderfully odd cast of characters to The Thirteen Days of Halloween. His previous books include Five Funny Fights, Pecos Bill, and The Birthday ABC. He received a silver medal from the New York Society of Illustrators for his book Uncle Mugsy & the Terrible Twins of Christmas. Mr. Raglin lives in his hometown of Independence, Kansas.