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Publisher: HarperFestival, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2007
Material: hard cover
Summary: Biscuit is a lovable puppy with a adventurous personality. It's Halloween and Biscuit is going trick or treating with his owner. On the way, he encounters a variety of things relating to Halloween. Biscuit sees and touches a cat costume, a crown, a spider, a scarecrow, a ghost and candy. This seasonal picture book uses different materials for a touch-and-feel effect to introduce young children to Halloween.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 8
Young Reader Reaction: Depicting Halloween from a dog's perspective can aid children in understanding this holiday. Since Biscuit sees all the possibly startling things and has fun, it can influence young listeners to do that too. In this book, the woof, woof is written with a different color, which makes it easier for the reader to identify Biscuit's speech. The textured zones are useful and interesting for the kids who like/need sensory input.
Adult Reader Reaction: We have always enjoyed Biscuit. One of the things that we love is how easily they transition from picture book to early reader. Halloween is no exception.
Pros: Sweet illustrations and easy-to-follow story make this a fun choice in the fall. This is an excellent selection for children needing or seeking sensory input.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. As sweet as these stories are, they are short-lived in terms of your child's interest. If your child really likes Biscuit, we'd suggest buying an anthology with several stories in it.
Educational Themes: The main story is about Halloween, but you can use the scenery to talk about fall/autumn. The touch-and-feel aspects also make it easy to get kids to talk about how things feel (word and sensory association).
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.