Bramble and Maggie Spooky season

Jessie Haas

Book - 2014

Bramble, a persnickety but lovable horse, and Maggie, her patient owner, build an even stronger friendship as they brave the surprises of autumn. In their third adventure, Bramble and Maggie explore a new season together -- fall! Leaves crunch underfoot. Acorns ping off rooftops. It all makes Bramble feel wonderfully spooky. But Bramble's frisky-pretend-scary gait makes Maggie jumpy, and soon Bramble really is nervous. There are alarming new sights and sounds everywhere, like Mr. Dingle...9;s scarecrow. When Maggie takes a fall, will she want to get back in the saddle? And when Halloween comes, can Maggie trust Bramble to brave the tricks and lead them both safely to the treats?

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Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2014.
Edition
First edition 2014.
Language
English
Physical Description
50 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780763664503
0763664502
Main Author
Jessie Haas (author)
Other Authors
Alison Friend (illustrator)
  • Fall
  • A fall
  • Trick or treat.
Review by Booklist Reviews

As Halloween approaches, Maggie's horse, Bramble, is sometimes spooked by strange sights and sounds, but occasionally she enjoys pretending to be scared. Maggie reassures Bramble each time, but the tables are turned when she falls off her horse and becomes fearful. Now Bramble takes on the role of protector, first by refusing to budge until her rattled rider gets back in the saddle and later by trying to safeguard Maggie, especially when they go trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Children needn't be horse lovers to enjoy this gentle story in which each character overcomes fears with a little help from her friend. Fans of the Bramble and Maggie series will love getting to know another side of these lovable characters. As warm, affectionate, and amusing as the story, Friend's gouache illustrations have a charm all their own. An original Halloween story for newly independent readers or for reading aloud to younger children. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Maggie and her horse, Bramble, are back in another beginning chapter book. With a slightly mischievous, frisky attitude in the cooler fall weather, Bramble takes risks and pretends to be fearful, while Maggie introduces her to the sights and sounds of autumn. Both grow into their partnership and maturity as Bramble overdoes her imitation of anxious jumpiness, thoughtlessly unseats her rider, and finally accepts responsibility and returns home safely. Maggie is back in the saddle again with a final chapter, taking the lead and guiding her horse through a succession of surprises on a dark night of trick-or-treating. Softly colored gouache illustrations illuminate expressions and follow the action from a variety of perspectives and have appropriate visual clues and generous white space for younger readers. Dialogue, Maggie's occasional reflections, and a bit of onomatopoeia allow the narrative text to flow nicely as a trusting relationship develops between horse and rider. A solid addition for general purchase.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX [Page 62]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

As Maggie and her horse explore autumn together, she takes a spill when Bramble becomes jumpy from the sights and sounds, and Maggie wonders if she can trust her horse to join her trick or treating on Halloween.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In their third adventure, Bramble and Maggie explore the fall together, but along with the leaves that crunch underfoot and acorns that ping off rooftops, there are also things that make Bramble feel nervous, like Mr. Dingle's scarecrow, and when Maggie takes a fall, will she want to get back in the saddle when Halloween time comes?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Bramble, a persnickety but lovable horse, and Maggie, her patient owner, build an even stronger friendship as they brave the surprises of autumn.In their third adventure, Bramble and Maggie explore a new season together — fall! Leaves crunch underfoot. Acorns ping off rooftops. It all makes Bramble feel wonderfully spooky. But Bramble’s frisky-pretend-scary gait makes Maggie jumpy, and soon Bramble really is nervous. There are alarming new sights and sounds everywhere, like Mr. Dingle’s scarecrow. When Maggie takes a fall, will she want to get back in the saddle? And when Halloween comes, can Maggie trust Bramble to brave the tricks and lead them both safely to the treats?