Hello again! Only 28 more days until Halloween! Hope you are all getting as excited as I am! For this entry I’ve chosen a great book for the very young readers/listeners out there: Ollie’s Halloween by Olivier Dunrea.
It’s Halloween Night and “Goslings are on the prowl!” Fans of this series will already recognize Gossie and her friend’s Gertie, Peedie, BooBoo, and of course little quirky Ollie. These five goslings are all dressed up and out trick-or-treating and creating some mischief on the farm. This story, with its very simplistic and blocky prose, will keep younger children engaged while they share in the fun of these little goslings.
As with all the other books in the Gossie and Friends series, the pictures are what really help keep children engaged. The adorable little goslings in their cute (and scary) costumes are fun to look at. The illustrations use very subtle colors (very “autumnal”) and recognizable farmyard places to help younger children connect with the goslings and the tone of the book. The pictures and the feelings that they generate will help younger children understand the story and stick with it until the end. The adorable costumes fit the characters of these goslings so well (my favorite is Peedie’s dragon). As always, each character is individually introduced to children so that they will be able to follow them throughout the book.
A great read for Preschoolers and younger. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed with this fun Halloween edition!
Author: Olivier Dunrea
Series: There are at least twelve books in this series that I’m aware of. They include: Gossie, Gossie & Gertie, Ollie, Ollie the Stomper, BooBoo, Peedie, Gossie & Friends, Gossie’s Busy Day, Gossie Plays Hide and Seek, Merry Christmas Ollie!, and Ollie’s Easter Egg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, New York, New York