Halloween forest

Marion Dane Bauer

Book - 2012

When a young boy goes out to trick-or-treat on Halloween, he encounters a spooky forest full of bones.

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New York : Holiday House 2012.
1st ed
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Main Author
Marion Dane Bauer (-)
Review by Booklist Review

Perfect for trick-or-treaters who can take some honest-to-gosh spooking, Bauer's simple story involves a boy who exits his safe neighborhood to seek treats in the woods. There he finds a forest made of bones a breathtaking, intricate creation by Shelley, featuring trunks of fibulas and scapulas and branches of grasping fingers. Scurrying around are gleeful animal skeletons, too: bat bones, / cat bones, / rat bones, / and all are / looking at / you. Bauer's rhymes are bumpy, sometimes purposefully so, but this is just the sort of thing that sears itself into young brains. Is that good or bad? Depends entirely on the kid.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

A child makes a Halloween journey in this evocative story with genuinely chilling illustrations. Leaving town by moonlight, the girl discovers a "forest of bones," filled with skeletons: "Bat bones, cat bones, rat bones, and all are looking at you." Using pen and India ink, Shelley constructs spidery bone trees, densely populated with skeletal creatures that scamper and hang upside-down. While the bones cry out "Take care! Beware! Despair!" Bauer underscores the girl's bravery and power as she banishes the bones (and nets a haul of candy). The nightmarish aesthetic touches on how a child's perception is shaped by imagination, especially on a spooky night. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-In this creepy Halloween tale, a trick-or-treater leaves the safety of town on All Hallow's Eve to find treats in a forest of bones. Bat, cat, and rat bones crawl among tree bones. The illustrations capture the spooky feel while not straying too far into the scary, though this title is better shared with school-age children. The text is sometimes awkward. Some pages have a more solid rhythm than others, but there doesn't seem to be a consistent pattern or rhyme. A few odd details such as "fog bones" add to the confused feeling of the book. Purchase where Halloween books are in demand.-Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Veteran Bauer sends an intrepid trick-or-treater into a deliciously creepy forest full of fantastical frights and rattling menaces. Any child with a sense of adventure, keen eye and touch of courage will eagerly follow the unmetered rhyming text that takes this black-caped child deep into a forest of bones on Halloween. The verse propels both the character and readers forward through each taunting spread. "Bat bones, / cat bones, / rat bones and all are / looking at / YOU." "Take care! / Beware! / Despair! / You can bet / you've just met / your worst nightmare!" But the observant explorer carefully sidesteps such scariness and instead shouts " BOO!' / or POOH!' / or even WAHOO!' " and then dramatically reveals a skeleton costume underneath the cloak. Now the skeletal creatures turn from frightening to welcoming as the child raises a bright orange sack declaring, "Trick or treat! / Smell my feet! / Give me something / good to eat!" Shelley's superbly detailed illustrations in pen, India ink and watercolor help build suspense as the child goes from the city into the intricately twining bony landscape. A dusky palette dominated by grays and muted pastels turns brighter when the child's spunky confidence is revealed. Elegantly designed, this collaboration shows a great respect for children's sensibilities regarding the fine lines between fear, fun and bravery. This title should be at the top of the book pile come autumn. (Picture book. 3-6)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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