Reviews for Halloween Is...


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 September 2002
PreS-Gr. 2. The new version of Gibbons' Halloween (1984) features a larger format, new illustrations, and a revised and slightly longer text as well as the new title. Comparison of the two books clearly shows Gibbons' shift in style to a looser, livelier line and greater variation and richness of color. Libraries with multiple copies of the earlier book will still find this version useful when the holiday rush is on, and given a choice, children will reach for this bigger, brighter, new edition. ((Reviewed September 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring
With the phrase ""Halloween is ..."" running across the top of most pages, the book surveys, in simple text and cartoon illustrations, the history of the holiday, its symbols (black cats, ghosts) and the various ways it's celebrated, including trick-or-treating. Although the illustrations are newly drawn, many replicate the artwork found in Gibbons's 1984 book [cf2]Halloween[cf1]; some of the text is identical to the previous volume as well. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2002 August #1
This remake of Halloween (1984) brightens the original's gloomy tone with larger, redrawn illustrations featuring lots of happy-looking children and the occasional, not-particularly-scary, witch or ghost, paired to such reassuring lines as "today [skeletons] are used to scare people and have fun," and "weird and scary stories are enjoyed by all." Rewriting the text and adding some detail, Gibbons fills in the holiday's past, but focuses most closely on how it is celebrated today, adding warnings (not in the previous edition) that pumpkin-carving and trick-or-treating should only be done with parental assistance. Though this holiday standard has never gone out of print, there is enough new and recast material here to make it a treat, rather than a trick, even for libraries that just bought fresh copies of the old edition. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8) Copyright Kirkus 2002 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 September #4
Gail Gibbons explains holiday roots and traditions in Halloween Is..., a companion to Christmas Is.... Whimsically decorated borders of wee ghosts and pumpkins frame the playful illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly Review 2003 August #1
Gibbons offers an explanation of holiday roots and traditions in this companion to Christmas Is... "Whimsically decorated borders of wee ghosts and pumpkins frame the playful illustrations," wrote PW. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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