Trick or treat!
It's Halloween night and all are preparing, for a wickedly wonderful evening of scaring. With zombies and banshees and mummies galore, read this book once and you'll come back for more!
This spoof of The Night Before Christmas is itself a delightful inversion of the expectations associated with monsters. In Marjorie Dennis Murray's Halloween world, the monsters are always quite friendly, and the language she employs revels in their humorously gross habits. The rhyming works to keep the whole story lighthearted, even when the pack of ten kids who come trick-or-treating realize what sort of house they have stumbled upon. The monsters happily invite the kids in for a Halloween buffet but the kids cannot handle it so they flee, terrifiedand who can blame them?the party hosts indulge in "crunchy legs rotten eggs" and "freshly picked bugs." The illustrations are a fun balance of cartoon style and beautiful detail. This look into the pretend lives of monsters celebrating their holiday in their style will entertain kids preparing for Halloween trick-or-treating of their own. Reviewer: Brendan Frost