A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This fun 1-to-10 counting book familiarizes kids with the main characters associated with Halloween -- witches, ghosts, mummies, skeletons, goblins, bats, werewolves, zombies, etc. -- and what action they are known for. For example, "We haunt" say the ghosts, "We cackle" say the witches, "We rattle," say the skeletons, and "We stare" say the zombies. It is also a good introduction to poetry, showing how fun rhyming can be.
The dark forest can be a fun place if you don't mind passing a few monsters, skeletons, ghosts, goblins, etc.
Positive Role Models
The mommy monster is loving to her son and helps him have fun on Halloween. All of the spooky characters are friendly and upbeat.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this rhyming romp is based on the classic nursery rhyme "Over in the Meadow." The "little monster one" meets many Halloween-ish characters before he gets to the "little goblins ten," but they are all cute and funny, not scary.
Is It Any Good?
The rhymes are infectious and use creative verbs for the action of each creature. "We stare," say the zombies as their big green googly eyes pop out of their weird purple faces. The fun and silly watercolor illustrations are wonderful. Even creepy creatures like the "little skellies eight" and the "little batties nine" have friendly faces.
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