It’s OFFICIALLY OCTOBER! Just 30 more days to All Hallows Eve!
This entry I’m going to look at Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray; illustrated by Brandon Dorman.
This book tells the story of a house full of monsters preparing for Trick-Or-Treaters on their favorite night of the year! Halloween! This story is based on ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. Beginning with “‘Twas Halloween night, and all through the house every creature was stirring, including the mouse…”, fantastic illustrations and a cadence in the storytelling that children will recognize, this is a fun story to share just before bed!
The illustrations and words complement each other well and generate both a sense of “creepiness” and humor on every page! My favorite part is “By the fire in the kitchen, the witch stirred her brew; to make it more smelly, she threw in a shoe.” You can perhaps imagine the illustration accompanying this section of the rhyme.
The illustrator has used very bright colors, focusing mostly on greens and purples to give the creatures there “creepiness” but drawing the attention to their comical facial expressions with the use of some lighter colors. Each page is crammed with fun things to look at as the monsters set up the house for their guests. Children and parents will enjoy not only reading this story but scanning the pages to find new and fun things every time the look at it!
Author: Marjorie Dennis Murray
Illustrator: Brandon Dorman
Ages: PreK and up.
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, New York, New York