A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
An exercise in counting different animals.
Adds humor and fun to characters that normally scare little ones, like ghosts and bats.
Positive Role Models
Shows families of animals enjoying time together.
Violence & Scariness
The creatures in the hollow are a little creepy, but not overly so.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know this slightly spooky book is a Halloween take on the Olive A. Wadsworth’s counting rhyme, “Over in the Meadow.” The werewolf, witch, and monster denizens of this night world are neither too cute nor too scary.
Is It Any Good?
With rhymes that don’t miss a beat and 13 moaning, groaning, and growling characters, this is a very enjoyable read-aloud. The comforting repetition makes the sound effects -- "'EEK!' shrieks the papa./'WE EEK!' shriek the ten." -- that much more fun.
S. Britt’s illustrations are rich with pattern and texture, bringing depth to the shadowy night. There are plenty of glowing eyes and sharp teeth, but the scare factor is very low. Kids and adults will enjoy the funny touches on each page, such as the werewolf wrangling his eight pups on leashes, a bat sporting aviator glasses, and the little vampires hanging by their teeth off their grandpa, whose own teeth are in a glass by his coffin.
Full of detail and humorous touches and rich with pattern and texture, bringing depth to the shadowy night.
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