Trick-or-Treat: A Happy Haunter's Halloween
What You Need to Know:|
• This book of Halloween-inspired poetry is the perfect treat for the spooky season.
• Despite the creepy subject matter, the poems and illustrations are light and humorous.
• Don't forget to check out the endpapers which are also filled with entertaining Halloween images.
• Trick-or-Treat: A Happy Haunter's Halloween is Debbie Leppanen's first picture book.
A compilation of fifteen ghastly, yet silly poems, Trick-or-Treat is a great addition to the Halloween category. Whether it's candy and costumes or ghosts and goblins, this time of year it's all about Halloween. And, getting in touch with the scary side of the holiday seems to be just as much fun as going to parties or trick-or-treating.
The poems in Trick-or-Treat highlight that aspect of the holiday. They vary in length and touch upon an assortment of scary elements like monsters, shadows, creepy noises, and even graveyards, but they all incorporate a sense of humor and silliness that tempers the fear factor. The digitally rendered illustrations offer a similar balance as they feature vibrant colors and wacky images against some darker backgrounds and ghoulish scenes. Both also capture the excitement and thrill that these concepts evoke.
The final poem, "Happy Haunter," is a perfect example. As goofy monsters smile and dance on the roof, the poem builds on creepy thoughts but culminates with the narrator tucked safe in bed. I especially enjoyed the poem about the "Mummy" that fixes breakfast and tucks you in at night, and I love the fact that several of the poems are written in the first person, making them particularly fun for kids to read aloud. So, not only is Trick-or-Treat an amusing selection of poetry that will leave readers smiling, it's also a great vehicle to help young readers address the scarier aspects of Halloween. What more could you ask for?
2013, 40 pages
Excellent Read-Aloud, Holidays, Humor, Poetry, Rhyming Language
• Which poem did you like the best?
• What do you think is the scariest thing about Halloween?
• What do you like best about Halloween?
• Why is it fun to dress up as something scary?
• What are you afraid of most?
• What do you do when you get scared?
• Who or what offers you the most comfort when you're afraid?
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