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A HALLOWEEN STORY

Author: Alberto Fernandez

Illustrator: Pilar de la Fuente

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Publisher: Maroma Books, Inc., ©2007

Material: hard cover

Summary: Our young narrator has gone trick or treating, and now it's time for bed. As he lays there, he hears noises. Is it a mummy? a ghost? a vampire? a scary spider? or not. Discover Halloween with this picture book for young readers, that also includes games at the end.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading

Recommended Age: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loves this book, particularly the pages in the back where she can give the creatures names and then add her own events to the story.

Adult Reader Reaction: We were surprised. We thought this might be a little bit stilted, but it is fun to read ... and to listen to our daughter's tales. We also like the fact that many of her Level 1 sight words comprise the story, making it easy to practice reading.

Pros: This seasonal picture book is great for pre-readers and early readers. The format also encourages listeners to create their own stories.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is definitely worth your time, and is perfect for creating special reading memories with the kids.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING   MONSTER HALLOWEEN   HALLOWEEN HOWLS; HOLIDAY POETRY (I Can Read! Series, Level 2)

Educational Themes: The story is really about Halloween, but it is perfect for helping new readers gain confidence with sight words, and all readers/listeners to use their imagination and create their own stories.

Notes: The publisher will donate at least 50% of the profits from this book to improving children's education in Mexico.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, holiday, interactive reading

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2007

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