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Long Live the Pumpkin Queen

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Darker Halloween movie spin-off adds more creeps, chills.

Book Shea Ernshaw Fantasy 2022
Drawing of a rag doll wearing a crown and seated in front of a gravestone.

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For those who like things a little on the dark side, this movie to-book spin-off could be a delightfully spooky reading experience. But it's definitely darker than the movie, so it may be too much for sensitive kids. Fans of Tim Burton's classic movie The Nightmare Before Christmas will enjoy the chance this book brings to revisit Halloween Town, and to experience it through Sally's eyes this time.

Author Shea Ernshaw chooses morbid, macabre, and creepy words that create a mood steeped in dread, decay, the dead, and the undead. And she relies pretty heavily on readers being familiar with the world and most of the characters in it, so seeing the movie first is recommended to better understand what's going on.

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