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Oct 12 2018

I went trick-or-treating by Paul Howard

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Bloomsbury, 2018. ISBN 9781408892886
(Age: All) Recommended. I went trick-or-treating by Paul Howard is a wonderful holiday specific story that will appeal to readers of all ages. It adds to the popular I went . . . series which includes a Christmas special with Santa and also a trip to the supermarket.
The story follows a brother and sister who are trying to out-do each other in a scare competition at Halloween! They come across ghosts, toads, bats, cats and even pirates along their journey, with each page building in a "test-your-memory" style story. This aspect of the story was a great addition to our reading time. Both Miss 4 and Master 8 were able to interact with the story (at their own levels) by recalling creatures and characters and also trying to get them in the correct order. The repetitive nature is beneficial to the younger listeners, and helps to encourage and involve them in the text.
The illustrations by the clever Paul Howard are very cute, colourful and add humour through the facial expressions of all the characters. My personal favourites are the Monster Boogie King, Naughty Warty Toad and the Super Silly Skeletons.
According to my 4 year old daughter this book is "very funny". She enjoyed counting the bats, thought the ghost was funny and liked the animals the best.
Master 8 stated that it is a good book to read at Halloween and thought that people from 4 to 99 years of age could enjoy this book.
I agree with both of them and think this book (and the other 2 in the series) would be a great addition to any bookshelf or library.
4.5 out of 5
Lauren Fountain

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