Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, September 6, 2010
The leaves will soon be changing and a chill will enter the air and then Halloween will be upon us with all its fun and fair. As this creepy day approaches teachers and parents alike will be searching for the perfect book that will find balance between scary and not too scary for their children to enjoy. Often poetry can be the answer and this season’s newest offering is a collection of poetry that is perfect to inspire not only a spooky atmosphere but lots of giggles as well. What better way to celebrate than with Calef Brown’s new collection of “nefariously silly” poems about all things Halloween or shall we say Hallowilloween?
The collection is filled with characters that have just enough scary with a silly twist to make them perfect for kids of elementary age. Younger children will delight in the rhyme and bold acrylic illustrations while older children will be excited to get the subtle references and humor hidden within the poems.
Characters such as the vampire umpire or “Vumpire” will be a hit with all audiences and children will want to hear their favorite poems again and again. Adults will also enjoy the witty connections to be found within the poetry such as allusions to classical literature and historical figures. Humor abounds and laughs are sure to follow. This collection is perfect for sharing at home on a spooky fall night or with friends in the classroom or library on a special occasion. Hallowilloween is a great book for any holiday collection sure to be treasured when Halloween rolls around each year.
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