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The Night Before HALLOWEEN by Natasha Wing
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The Night Before HALLOWEEN

by Natasha Wing, Cynthia Fisher (Illustrator)

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My kids and I have loved this book for years. We put it away with the Halloween decorations and pull it out every year to enjoy with a fresh eye. It's funny and entertaining and just spooky enough for the younger crowd. ( )
  shanagorian | Oct 8, 2014 |
I absolutely loved the children’s fiction book, The Night Before Halloween because of the illustrations, plot and writing style. The big idea for this book is to have a gathering of friends and family on the eve of Halloween, like many do when they read The Night Before Christmas, to keep holiday traditions going all year long.

The illustrations most definitely enhance the story, and are appropriate to the mood of the story. Because the illustrations go hand and hand with the text, readers are able to easily focus on the illustrations while comprehending what the text reads. Furthermore, the writing style expresses a fun, rhyming, and engaging form that enhances the illustrations. An example to support my opinion is on a specific page that reads, “Meanwhile the children were tucked snug in their beds, while visions of candy corn danced in their heads.” The illustration shows two happily sleeping children, a young boy and girl, sleeping in their own beds with thought bubbles coming from their minds, with their own dream of what they would be doing with candy corn. Additionally, on another page the text reads, “There were costume parties, and games to be played, Cupcakes and candy and, of course, a parade,” while the illustration shows children all dressed up in different Halloween costumes, all in a line, as if they were in a parade, with some children getting cupcakes and candy. I especially love how each child has on a different costume! Also, I love how the writing style rhymes throughout the book, making it an engaging read.

Finally, the plot of the story illustrates children and Halloween creature, in similar settings, getting ready for their big Halloween night. The Halloween creatures are getting ready for their Halloween party, while the children are getting ready for trick or treating. Halloween night is here, the monsters are enjoying their party, and at the same time a few children approach a spooky house. The text then reads, “The wicked witch said, ‘Welcome. We have a surprise.’ And the children yell, ‘Run! It’s not a disguise.”

The Night Before Halloween is one great read. I love how The Night Before Christmas has branched out to be celebrated as other family holiday traditions. ( )
  sarahbassett | Oct 6, 2014 |
This is a fun, upbeat, non-scary Halloween book to the tune of "The Night Before Christmas."
Sometimes it felt like they were stretching a bit to conform to the rhythm, but it was pretty good. The illustrations are very colorful and exciting. ( )
  patsila | Sep 29, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0448419653, Paperback)

"'Twas the night before Halloween, and all through the house, All the creatures were stirring, except for the mouse. The monsters had gathered to plan and prepare, For the trick-or-treaters who soon would be there?."

Little monsters and goofy goblins take center stage in this silly, spooky spin on Clement C. Moore's beloved poem. But what will happen on Halloween when the monsters come face to face with human trick-or-treaters in this fun-filled book by the author of The Night Before Easter?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:50:27 -0400)

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A story in the style of the familiar poem, "The Night Before Christmas," tells how a housefull of monsters, goblins, witches and the like prepare for Halloween.

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