A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids learn about Halloween monsters.
Even scary Halloween monsters can be friendly and like to have a good time.
Positive Role Models
These monsters may look scary, but they are kind and caring and just want to have a little fun.
Violence & Scariness
Halloween Hustle is a very lighthearted take on Halloween monsters, but there are a few pictures featuring a zombie with a detached eye and a severed foot, as well as a skeleton who keeps falling apart (literally). Very young kids might be frightened, but most will pick up on the jovial vibe.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Halloween Hustle is a silly take on traditional Halloween monsters, depicting them as nice, friendly, and out for some fun. Very young kids might be frightened by images of a zombie with a detached eye and a severed foot, as well as a skeleton who keeps falling apart (literally). But the overall mood is fun and festive.
Is It Any Good?
HALLOWEEN HUSTLE is a fun take on the typically creepy Halloween monsters, presenting them as quirky and fun and on the prowl for a good time. They dance, they cavort, and they even make a few unexpected friends on the way. Kids who enjoy Halloween and rhyming books will love this clever tale of them trying to make it to the party. The digital illustrations really humanize the monsters while retaining a just-spooky-enough vibe that entertains but doesn't frighten.
A mild warning for parents: Uttering the refrain "doing the Halloween Hustle" is required on near every page and can get a smidge repetitive. But it's unlikely any preschoolers will mind.
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