Skelly's Halloween

illus. by Lori Richmond. 32p. Holt. Aug. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250127068.
PreS-Gr 2—Halloween is always an exciting holiday for children and skeletons, too. Skelly, the narrator, has been asleep all year because skeletons can only come to life on Halloween. This Halloween Skelly is looking for the perfect costume. After running through his past choices that did not work out well, Skelly decides to be a ghost. This seemed to be the perfect costume until a gust of wind flew him up into the air. When Skelly landed, he was broken into many different pieces. Several animals came by and tried to put Skelly back together again, but could never find the right order. It looked like going trick-or-treating was not going to happen for Skelly this year! Luckily, a few children were walking by, and one of the children had on a skeleton costume. Together the children put Skelly back together and they all went trick-or-treating! The illustrations are cute, but not outstanding.
VERDICT While not among the great Halloween books out there, this one is a fun addition, especially for children who like lighthearted nonscary holiday fare.

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