Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book Review: 'The 13 Nights of Halloween' by Guy Vasilovich

✰✰✰✰½ Most of us are familiar with the twelve days leading up to Christmas, but how many of us know about the thirteen nights leading up to Halloween? Author Guy Vasilovich has created a lyrical treat to help us count them. On each night, a little girl’s mummy gives her a present. The first present is a bright shiny skeleton key. On each following night, the little girl receives a gift a little more creepy, icky, slimy, or spooky than the previous ones. The usual Halloween characters like bats, ghosts, and witches all make their appearances making this a fun way to enjoy Halloween.

The Bottom Line: The 13 Nights of Halloween is filled with creepy cute illustrations in vivid colors that children will love. Sung to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas, there is a lot of repetition in this book. The text is easy to read and will be a hit with beginning readers. Enthusiastically recommended for kids in grades K – 2, and for those who love spooktacular illustrations. This book features silly Halloween fun, and I really enjoyed it.

Details: The 13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Vasilovich. Hardcover picture book published in 2011 by Harper. 40 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-180445-8

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