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ISBN 10: 0027668703 / ISBN 13: 9780027668704
Published by Macmillan, NY, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover

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FINE condition in FINE dust jacket. HARDCOVER. 1987. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Sewn binding in black boards with orange endpapers in appropriately eerie pictorial dust jacket. AS NEW, square and tight, UNREAD, original price intact. Clever union of rhyme and illustrations. A definite read aloud. Illustrations by Lane Smith. Bookseller Inventory # 000821

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Publisher: Macmillan, NY

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First American Edition.

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A poem for each letter of the alphabet introduces a different, spooky aspect of Halloween.

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K Up These 26 Halloween poems, one for each letter of the alphabet, are, like most of Merriam's work, imaginative, inventive, and playful. Her unusual rhythms, rhythmic schemes, and twists of word or image are often humorous as well as seasonally spooky. For instance, the letter ``P'' is represented by ``a pet that's not the least bit vicious,/ yet finds the neighbors quite nutritious.'' Smith's dark oil paintings on ecru pages match both the mood and the wit of the poems. They are appropriately primitive in style, clever, gently frightening, and often truly funny. The capital letters on each page are integrated into the pictures, made of sticks or bones or bat wings or an animal's tail. This is not a book for young children to learn the alphabet, but it is a witty, whimsical, and happily shivery book for Halloween sharing. It is also a wonderful book for monster- and horror-loving youngsters at any time of the year and a diabolic way for poetry-loving adults to introduce the work of one of our best contemporary poets who elsewhere reminds children that It Doesn't Always Have to Rhyme (Atheneum, 1964; o.p.). Most children will first need to hear these poems read aloud, but then independent readers will return to them on their own. A book that is sure to cast a spell on readers who are bewitched by the skillful use of language. Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
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