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Hubknuckles by Emily Herman


by Emily Herman

Other authors: Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator)

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Hubknuckles the ghost visits Lee and her family every Halloween in this sweetly spooky holiday story from Maine, floating and dancing in the twilight outside their window before departing once again. This year, determined to prove that Hubknuckles isn't really a ghost, but one of their parents dressed up in a sheet, Lee informs her younger siblings that she intends to dance with their guest. Although more and more frightened as evening draws near, Lee does end up dancing with Hubknuckles, who gently shepherds her back toward the house, where she makes an extraordinary discovery...

This engaging Halloween tale has just the right blend of sweetness - the warmth of home and family, the pleasure of holiday preparations, the excitement of a party - and spookiness - the shadowy twilight outside, the appearance of the ghostly Hubknuckles, the discovery that both mother and father were inside when he appeared - making it an excellent selection for younger children who enjoy a shivery read that isn't too frightening. I particularly enjoyed the black-and-white artwork by Deborah Kogan Ray, who is the author/illustrator of a number of wonderful picture-book biographies. The scenes in which Lee, dressed up as a witch herself, dances with Hubknuckles (see the cover illustration for an example) are especially well done! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 21, 2013 |
Hubknuckles is a ghost who traditionally appears on Halloween. A little girl decides that Hubknuckles is really just her mother or father. She decides to show her siblings that she is no longer afraid of this imaginary ghost by going out to dance with the ghost when it appears. The ending leaves the reader wondering if Hubknuckles is truly fantasy. ( )
  coachncheern | Jul 1, 2012 |
We read this once ... or twice a year! It's great! ( )
  susiebrooks | Jul 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0517556464, Hardcover)

Every Halloween, Hubknuckles pays a visit to Lee and her younger sisters and baby brother. The children watch the ghostly figure from the safety of their warm kitchen, experiencing delicious little tickles of fear.
But this year, Lee has decided that Hubknuckles isn’t real. “Hubknuckles is just a sheet and a flashlight,” she tells her sisters. “Either Ma or Pa makes him dance.” And she is determined to prove it. 
What Lee discovers after an eerie dance on the lawn with her silent, shadowy partner is sure to delight young readers, who will be enchanted by the softly glowing illustrations of this unusual Halloween happening.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:05:11 -0400)

Lee, certain that the Halloween ghost that visits her family is just a trick played by her mother or father, decides one year to go outside and dance with Hubknuckles the ghost.

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