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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Jerome, who is very proud of his babysitting abilities, is the target of a practical joke that spooks him and readers! This book is a Halloween tale of how quickly pride can cause a downfall (even if just a practical joke).
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with child who is 32 months old.
Young Reader Reaction: Toddler was quiet and watchful during the first read, but during subsequent readings, s/he got into the story-telling and enjoyed the surprise.
Adult Reader Reaction: The author succeeds in creating a suspenseful atmosphere, that this parent found enjoyable. Yet the story was friendly enough to thrill young children without scaring them.
Pros: The revelation that ghosts and witches are just Jerome's sister and her friends strips the scariness from Halloween dress up.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This book is out of print. Having available only some of the time will keep the seasonal topic a special one.