Countdown to Halloween

Gibbs Smith. (BabyLit). Jul. 2022. 22p. Board $12.99. ISBN 9781423661436.
Toddler-PreS–A convivial Halloween primer in the BabyLit alphabet series. Counting down the days to the holiday, spreads of seasonal activities provide Where’s Waldo? opportunities to hunt for spooky objects. For example, “Can you find 10 pumpkins?” is written on the first spread, a corn maze. Kids and adults of varied skin tones paint pumpkins, bake ghost cookies, tell scary campfire stories, and visit a haunted house. Illustrations are busy, but not overwhelming; there is much to explore in each setting. The family rituals on display provide a mitigating frame of reference for youngsters experiencing this eerie holiday for the first time. Just the right amount of content engages the targeted toddler and young preschool audience. Of the Halloween board books being published this year, Paprocki’s is on the top shelf.
VERDICT Recommended for lively, immersive illustrations and opportunities for literary interaction.

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