A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids see common Halloween characters and costumes (in this case worn by farm animals) and can join in on making the creepy, creaky sounds of a spooky night.
Don't be afraid of Halloween -- just come to our Halloween party and have fun! Try to make a scared person comfortable so he'll have a good time.
Positive Role Models
The barnyard animals are fun-loving and generous and politely invite Farmer Brown to their party. They want to share their celebration with him.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin is a fun and gentle Halloween story starring the cows and other barnyard friends from the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels (including Duck for President). Funny watercolor illustrations show the animals in spooky costumes (Cow as skeleton, Duck as vampire, rats as princesses, cats as bats, sheep as witches) and Farmer Brown in his jammies, hiding in bed from the scary Halloween sounds. An excellent choice for bedtime reading with kids who can't wait for the holiday to come.
Is It Any Good?
CLICK, CLACK, BOO! is a gentle, Halloween-themed story with some of the same appealing characters from Click, Clack, Moo. But here the animals are not in revolt against Farmer Brown. They just want to have a party and include him in the fun!
The simple story is enhanced by the repetition of creepy sounds that seem at first to be scary but ultimately prove to be harmless, such as the "tap, tap, tapping" on a door and window, the "creak, creak, creaking" on the old boards of the front porch, and the "crunch, crunch, crunching" of footsteps on autumn leaves. The friendly, happy ending should send young bedtime readers to sleep with a smile.
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