Trick or Treat by Leo Landry

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“The last day of October had finally arrived. The empty house at the end of the street mysteriously came to life.” Oliver, the ghost who lives in that empty house, lives for Halloween! He always has a big party. To get ready, he puts dust on the furniture, welcomes the spiders, wakes up the black cats, and delivers his invitations! This time, though, one envelope goes astray and two human trick-or-treaters show up. Are treats—or tricks—in order? Simple, cartoonish watercolor and pencil illustrations complement this sweet tale of the spirit of generosity and acceptance.


About Leo Landry

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Leo Landry is the author and illustrator of Grin and Bear It, Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise, and Space Boy. He lives with his wife and daughter in Easton, Massachusetts. For more information, visit
Published August 21, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Oliver the ghost is all prepared for his Halloween party after delivering invitations to his scariest friends—but what will he do when two young trick-or-treaters show up unexpectedly at his door?

Aug 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Trick or Treat

Publishers Weekly

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While trick-or-treaters visit houses, Oliver, a cheerful and smiley-faced ghost is having his own Halloween party in “the empty house at the end of the street.” First appearing as gray silhouettes at the door, the party guests (skeletons, witches) all turn out to be friendly.

Jul 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Trick or Treat

City Book Review

But as Oliver hurries home, an envelope falls from his bag and lands near two young boys walking down the street.

Nov 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Trick or Treat

The Horn Book

On the way home from delivering invitations to his Halloween party, ghost Oliver doesn’t notice when “a lone envelope slipped from his bag and twirled to the ground.” In the accompanying illustration, two boys stand on the ground directly in the envelope’s flight path (and unaware of Oliver float...

Oct 31 2012 | Read Full Review of Trick or Treat

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