Just Say Boo!

Common Sense Media says

Cute advice on how not to get scared on Halloween night.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Shows kids the basics of what goes on when trick-or-treating. Also reminds them to say "Thank you!" when they get candy and watch out for little ones who might get scared. 

Positive messages

Don't be afraid, just say "Boo!" to anythign scary. Say "Thank you!" when you receive candy. And help little babies not to be scared by teaching them to say "Boo!" too.  

Positive role models

The parents are kind, fun-loving, and vulnerable -- Mom gets scared by a spider. The kids are nice, polite, and they stick together. They even look out for a baby who gets scared by dinosaur-costumed trick-or-treaters at the door and cries.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Just Say Boo! uses inventive rhymes and kid-friendly illustrations to show what happens on Halloween night, when kids go trick-or-treating and give out candy at home. It empowers kids to not be overwhelmed by scary shadows, noises, or decorations by teaching them to say "Boo!" to anything threatening. A great book for reading aloud, with readers shouting "Boo!" (and one "Eww!") along with the kids in the book. 

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What's the story?

A group of costumed kids go out to trick-or-treat and learn to say "Boo!" to whatever scary thing they might see or hear, from spooky shadows and yowling dogs to scary jack-o-lanters and howling winds. "If the ghosts in the trees / wibble-wobble your knees, / What do you say?/ Boo!" The characters (and readers) also learn to say "Trick or treat!" and "Thank you!"

Is it any good?


This gentle picture book can serve as a primer for what goes on Halloween night with trick-or-treaters: dressing up, going house to house getting candy, greeting trick-or-treaters at the door, and even helping a toddler not be scared. The story's tone and autumn-hued illustrations are friendly and reasssuring without being corny. And kids will have fun yelling "Boo!" each time the kids in the book do.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what happens on Halloween night. Do you go trick-or-treating in a group? With your siblings? With Mom and Dad? 

  • This book is about being scared, but it's not scary. What books have you read or what movies have you seen that are scary? What makes then scary? 

  • How come it's fun to get a little scared?

Book details

Author:Susan Hood
Illustrator:Jed Henry
Topics:Holidays, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:July 24, 2012
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 8
Read aloud:3 - 8
Read alone:5 - 8
Available on:Hardback

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Parent of a 4 year old Written bySpyro Jyro October 21, 2012

Good Book. But your child can't be afraid of Chewbakka

This is a good book for children but is very scary and gave my 4 year old nightmares DX

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