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What You Need to Know:
• Get into the spirit of Halloween with this picture book about how a young girl decides what to dress up as for the holiday.
• Any child who has ever deliberated over their costume choice will relate to this imaginative story.
• A fun read-aloud, the repetitive storyline will inspire children to follow along and chime in.
Sweet Book Summary:
Sometimes the best idea is right in front of you, but it’s hard to see it until you’ve looked around a bit, first. That’s pretty much how it goes for young Lily when she decides to make her own Halloween costume. She just can’t make up her mind as to what she should be! Consulting only her two adorable kittens, Fluff and Frisky, Lily tries out a number of different options, but nothing feels quite right. Like Goldilocks in The Three Little Bears, every costume idea seems to be “too” something. They are too clumsy, too mean, too scary or even too glittery. In the end, Lily finally realizes that the best idea had actually been there all along...hint, hint, The Three Little Kittens.

Yes, this is a story about Halloween, but it’s also about problem solving without the help of an adult. Lily goes through the decision making process on her own, using only her imagination and a variety of household props, until she comes to a conclusion that makes her feel good. The watercolor illustrations fill the pages with colorful costumes and the warm orange hues of pumpkins and falling leaves that will get readers into the spirit of the season. There is plenty to look at, with action on almost every page. Fluff and Frisky are part of every scene, occasionally stealing the show with their funny facial expressions. This book is definitely a treat for Halloween!
Author: Corinne Demas Illustrator: R.W. Alley Published: 2011, 32 pages
Themes: Holidays, Imagination, Independence
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• What is your favorite Halloween costume?
• How do you decide what to wear on Halloween?
• Do you think that Lily made the right costume choice?
• Do you prefer to consult friends or family to make decisions, or do you like to make them on your own? Why?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Any and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends at Halloween, Megan McDonald
Mercy Watson:Princess in Disguise, Kate DiCamillo
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, Margaret Chodos-Irvine
This recommendation was written by: Melissa G.
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