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 10 spooky pumpkins
 Author: Grimly, Gris

 Publisher:  Orchard Books (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 22 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 402647 ISBN: 9781338112443
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Halloween -- Fiction
 Counting -- Fiction
 Stories in rhyme

Price: $21.58

Summary:
Join goblins, ghosts, witches, and more in this spooky countdown, as one little girl ventures out into the night for an unforgettable Halloween adventure!


Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (12/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/01/2021 *Starred Review* In this Halloween countdown journey, a girl with bushy red hair sets out dressed as a tatterdemalion harlequin clown, passing a variety of seasonal figures. First, she encounters “10 spooky pumpkins sitting in a line . . . Looking for a cat, and they found 9.” Formula established, she proceeds to discover 8 screeching bats, 7 greedy goblins, 6 hallowed ghosts, all the way to 1 full moon, which makes a dramatic, glowing entrance. From word choice to the muted autumnal watercolors, accented with splashes of black and sepia ink, Grimly’s Halloween romp strikes the perfect tone of gentle spookiness, an effect further aided by the fact that the girl is clearly having nothing but fun with her creepy companions. The patterned rhymes are perfect read-aloud fodder, as are the marvelous double-page illustrations and the regular use of page-turn reveals. Before the moon makes its appearance, the girl joins all the countdown’s creatures in a field for a dance party—a built-in opportunity for young readers to get their wiggles out! But once the moon rises, “big and bright. Woooooo went the wind / And the creatures ran in fright.” As for the girl, the story closes with her cozily asleep in bed. In a sweet author’s note, Grimly shares his inspiration for this wonderful new addition to Halloween shelves. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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