ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT, eight trick-or-treaters gather at the haunted house by the edge of town, ready for adventure. But when Something whisks their friend Pip away, only one man, the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, can help the boys find him. "If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mysteryhistory trip. You couldn't ask for better than master fantasizer Ray Bradbury," raves The Boston Globe.
Originally published in 1972, this handsome hardcover reissue celebrates its 35th anniversary. It's the perfect gift for fans of Harry Potter and Philip Pullman.
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Special indeed are holiday stories with the right mix of high spirits and subtle mystery to please both adults and children--Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," for example. Or Ray Bradbury's classic The Halloween Tree. Eight boys set out on a Halloween night and are led into the depths of the past by a tall, mysterious character named Moundshroud. They ride on a black wind to autumn scenes in distant lands and times, where they witness other ways of celebrating this holiday about the dark time of year. Bradbury's lyrical prose whooshes along with the pell-mell rhythms of children running at night, screaming and laughing, and the reader is carried along by its sheer exuberance.
Bradbury's stories about children are always attended by dread--of change, adulthood, death. The Halloween Tree, while sweeter than his adult literature, is also touched at moments by the cold specter of loss--which is only fitting, of course, for a holiday in honor of the waning of the sun.
This is a superb book for adults to read to children, a way to teach them, quite painlessly, about customs and imagery related to Halloween from ancient Egypt, Mediterranean cultures, Celtic Druidism, Mexico, and even a cathedral in Paris. (One caveat, though: Bradbury unfortunately perpetuates a couple of misconceptions about Samhain, or summer's end, the Halloween of ancient Celts and contemporary pagans.) This beautiful reprint edition has the original black-and-white illustrations and a new color painting on the dust jacket. --Fiona WebsterFrom the Publisher:
"At last someone has written a book about Halloween that is tricky and scary, ghostly and windy, deathly and clammy"
-- The Boston Globe
"Imaginatively cryptic...skillfully presented."
-- The Los Angeles Times
"A spectacular guide to the nether regions."
"There is a great treat in Bradbury's frenetic imagery."
-- The New York Times
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Book Description Random House USA Inc, United States, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reissue. Language: English . Brand New Book. Illustrated in black-and-white. Now back in print is the stunningcontemporary classic by American literary treasure Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. Meet the mysteriousMr. Moonshroud, who leads eight boys on a journey back through the centuries todiscover the real meaning of Halloween. Prose of exquisite beauty will sendshivers of delight--and terror--through readers, who will want to take thistrip over and over again, long after the last jack-o -lantern has gone dark. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780394824093
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