Sunday, October 18, 2009

The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene and Tim Raglin

On the first day of Halloween, my good friend gave to me:  a vulture in a dead tree.  Thus begins The 13 Days of Halloween, a book billed as "A Trick-or-Treat Sing-Along."  And that's just what The Girl did when we read this book together.

The Girl and I absolutely loved this book.  I knew she would, as her favorite Christmas song is "The 12 Days of Christmas."  What really makes The 13 Days of Halloween special is the creativity of author Carol Greene -- who writes of such creepy crawlies as "seven spiders creeping" and "five cooked worms" -- and the brilliant illustrations by Tim Raglin.  The Girl's favorite part of the book is the 10th day of Halloween when "ten goblins gobbling" are introduced.  These goblins are the red-winged Halloween version of Cupid, complete with bow and arrow, and the The Girl burst out laughing and shouted, "Look!  They're only wearing underwear!" 

The 13 Days of Halloween was originally published in 1985, but I don't remember ever reading it as a kid.  I'm grateful that Sourcebooks recently reissued the book.  The story itself is pretty short, but there are many more minutes of entertainment to be found in the illustrations.  After we finished the book, we started from the beginning, paying close attention to each illustration, finding something hilarious we'd missed the first time around.  If you have youngsters who would enjoy a cute Halloween story, with illustrations that make creepy things funny, I highly recommend The 13 Days of Halloween.

Disclosure:  We received a free copy of The 13 Days of Halloween from Sourcebooks for review purposes.



gautami tripathy said...

It has such a great cover. Very attractive for kids. (And so-called adults too!)

Glad that you and The Girl liked it.

Julie P. said...

We enjoyed this one too!

Kristen said...

I bet this would be a great classroom read-aloud book for calming the kids down after the chaos of a Halloween party.

Serena said...

This sounds like a really fun book.

Andi said...

I saw this one reviewed on another blog--Bellezza's maybe? It looks SOOO CUTE. The illustrations are adorable.

bermudaonion said...

Well, you've succeeded in making me feel old. I'd been married for 6 years in 1985.

Toni said...

GREAT review Anna and the Girl. Big big smiles over the review.. sounds like the book will render some also.

Alyce said...

I'm glad to hear that she enjoyed it so much!

Wanda said...

My daughter would love to sing/read this one to her little book buddy and baby cousins! Thanks to you both for the review, I'll have to look this one up ... :)

Anonymous said...

I have this one on hold at the library, but I don't think I'm going to get it until Christmas.

Wrighty said...

This looks wonderful! I don't recall seeing it before either but I'm glad it's back. What fun!

Ti said...

I love Halloween books and this one does look pretty cute.

Anonymous said...

I just couldn't resist this book for my grandson....I know he will love it!!

Anna said...

~gautami: The cover is great. You should see the rest of the illustrations!

~Julie: I'm glad to hear that. I'll have to check out your review. (I'm really behind...sorry!)

~Kristen: Totally!

~Serena: Yes, it was. You'll have to look at my copy. I think you'd love the illustrations.

~Andi: It's very cute. It's totally Halloweenish without being scary (if that makes any sense at all).

~bermudaonion: I'm sorry! I didn't mean to, I swear!

~Toni: Thanks!

~Alyce: When she was done reading it, she immediately started over again. She was fascinated by the illustrations.

~Wanda: I hope you get your hands on a copy. I'm sure your daughter would have a great time with it.

~carolsnotebook: :(

~Wrighty: Sourcebooks reissues some great books. I'm glad they're helping to bring these books out of hiding.

~Ti: I think you'd like this one then.

~southernmatrix: Good choice! I'm sure he'll enjoy it.