Perfect Picture Book Friday!
by Catherine Johnson, @CatherinePoet
Halloween written by Harry Behn and illustrated by Greg Couch
North-South Books, August 1st, 2003, Fiction based on a famous poem.
Suitable for: Children 5-7
Opening/Synopsis: (Kirkus Reviews)
“Tonight is the night / when dead leaves fly / like witches on switches / across the sky . . . ” Couch illustrates a brief rhyme from Behn’s first collection of poetry for children with shadowy, atmospheric views of a trio of costumed trick-or-treaters, who grow increasingly spooked as ghouls, witches, and eerily glowing jack-o-lanterns rise about them. Young audiences will respond with delighted shivers as the three fetch up in a misty graveyard, where menacing figures beckon—but turn out to be welcoming the newcomers to a party.
This is my favorite type of pb because it is poetic and dreamy with beautiful illustrations. If you dare be spooked some more, I’m sure you’ll find lots of Halloween goodies over on Susanna Hill’s picture book list.