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*Halloween Night* by Marjorie Dennis Murray, illustrated by Brandon Dorman
 
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Halloween Night
by Marjorie Dennis Murray, illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Ages 4-8 40 pages Greenwillow July 2008 Hardcover    

Halloween Night is a funny updated take on the classic The Night Before Christmas. In this version, goblins, witches and other creepy beings romp through the night, setting up for their annual bash and scaring the daylights out of a group of trick-or-treaters.

The hauntingly funny text gives a rambunctious, party-like feel to the tale. Thereís no doubt that a great deal of thought had to go into creating such a descriptive, creature-filled creation while maintaining the classic quality of the original Christmas narrative.

The illustrations are vivid in their rendering, with creepy details and darkness of color creating a true Halloween feel. Each monster, witch or zombie depicted in the text is brought to life with expert stroke and attention to detail. These high-impact visuals are like the dry-ice smoke and spooky music that enhance the perfect Halloween haunted house. You donít need them to create an aura of spookiness, but they sure take things to a new level of creepiness.

A great book for children who arenít afraid of things that go bump in the night, but skip it if you have a squeamish child in the house as they might not appreciate at the ghoulies and things found within the pages.
 


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