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Violence & Scariness
The idea of some of the creatures may be frightening to some, but they are all pretty friendly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this "spooky" tale is really not that spooky at all. The Halloween beasts, even the ghouls and werewolves, are pretty friendly-looking, though the cauldron of bone soup with its eyeballs, toenail clippings, and dried mouse droppings may turn a stomach or two.
Is It Any Good?
An eerie ghoulish skeleton about to slurp up an eyeball from a bubbling cauldron of bone soup is enough to capture any kid's interest. And that's only the cover. The story inside is a twist on the Stone Soup tale filled out with witches, werewolves, mummies, bats, and zombies that will simply take that interest and build on it to the end. Complete with its own recipe for Bone Soup -- advertised as a ghoulish goulash -- this is Halloween fun kids and their parents will enjoy.
Originally a French tale, the Stone Soup version retold by Marcia Brown won the 1947 Caldecott Award. This story has been a favorite for years and has been told in many ways, adapted to various times and places. Evans' retelling, with a bone not a stone and monsters rather than townspeople, is entertaining and a perfect Halloween tale for the younger set.
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