Halloween Night by Charles Ghigna
(Running Press Picture Books)

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This collection of 21 silly, funny, just slightly scary poems about witches, monsters, pumpkins, gargoyles, and trick-or-treating will elicit delighted giggles from children aged 4 to 8 who are just beginning to discover the traditions and lore of Halloween. With such titles as “I’m Not Afraid,” “Witch Way,” “Sick or Treat,” and “What to Wear on Halloween?” it’s destined to become a read-aloud favorite.

About Charles Ghigna

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Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) is the author of more than thirty books of poetry for children and adults including the award-winning Animal Trunk: Silly Poems to Read Aloud, Animal Tracks: Wild Poems for All Ages, and Christmas is Coming! Charles lives in Homewood, Alabama, with his wife, Debra, and son, Chip. Adam McCauley has illustrated books for Jon Scieszka's popular intermediate series, the Time Warp Trio books. His picture books include The Lima Bean Monster by Dan Yaccarino, Martin MacGregor's Snowman by Lisa Broadie Cook, and My Friend Chicken, which he both wrote and illustrated. He lives in San Francisco.
Published May 20, 2003 by Running Press Kids. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Some entries, such as “The Two-Headed Ghoul” (“It’s getting close, don’t make it mad, / Here it comes—it’s Mom and Dad!”), and a gleeful visit to a “Haunted House,” are crowd-pleasers, but there’s a moralistic streak to sentiments like, “I’d rather be kooky than spooky,” and a poem about the peri...

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