Friday, October 25, 2013
Poetry Friday -- Halloween Night
by Marjorie Dennis Murray
illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Greenwillow Books, 2013
review copy provided by the publisher
I have a big collection of Night Before Christmas variants. What great fun it is to have one that is set on Halloween night!
"Twas Halloween night, and all through the house
Every creature was stirring, including the mouse.
The walls were aflutter with little brown bats,
While hordes of black spiders crept out of the cracks.
By the fire in the kitchen, the witch stirred her brew;
To make it more smelly, she threw in a shoe."
There are zombies, mummies, green creepies, ghosts, and ogres all making preparations for the trick-or-treaters. When the costumed children show up, there's a moment when the whole book stands still, and the reader knows it could tip either way -- the kids come in...or the kids run away.
You'll have to read it to find out how it ends, but you'll want to read this one aloud in a darkened room with a flashlight at your chin.
Irene Latham has the Poetry Friday roundup this week at Live Your Poem... where she's celebrating her 1,000th post! Congratulations, Irene!