Mark Todd What Will You Be for Halloween?

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What Will You Be for Halloween?

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Bold illustrations enhance this book of eleven poems about the different creatures and creations one can be on Halloween.

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Once they discovered zines, Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson never stopped making them. They’ve had illustrations in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly and on CD covers and MTV; they’ve written and illustrated picture books; their paintings appear in art galleries—and still they keep making zines (and lots of friends while they’re at it). They live and work in southern California.

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K-Gr 3-A lighthearted look at the less scary aspects of Halloween. Rhyming text on each page gives an abbreviated description of each costume children try on in preparation for a party. While the disguises chosen are all traditional (Frankenstein, vampire, werewolf), youngsters are shown creating them out of items from their own cupboards and toy boxes. The acrylic paintings show characters excited and smiling beneath their costumes, taking some of the fright out of the fangs and claws prominently displayed. The text, however, is distracting-the poems about each outfit do not follow a regular rhythm, making them difficult to read aloud. Lines fall in unexpected pairings, so it is hard to anticipate where the emphasis should be. Spare text means that information and contextual clues are omitted, leaving adults to explain the binary code of a robot, or why vampires shy away from garlic. While the concept and illustrations would appeal to a librarian searching for a Halloween storytime, the text does not succeed. Try Anne Rockwell's Halloween Day (HarperCollins, 1997) for a more energizing treatment.

Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA

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