Halloween Good Night

illus. by Ella Okstad. 32p. S. & S./Atheneum. Jul. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481450614.
PreS-Gr 1—This playful, slightly eerie take on the "Over in the Meadow" rhyme/song opens on Halloween night. "Lurking in the swampland,/lanterns glowing like the sun,/sits a massive mama globster/and her bitty globby one." Among the other monsters joining in the atmospheric holiday countdown are a wee father wood imp and his tiny implings, a wrapped mommy mummy and her bandaged babies, an old granny zombie and her peeling zomblings, and a pale papa vampire and his blood-drinking nine. The creatures large and small are all actively engaged in lurching, racing, soaring, and gliding through town before finding a little girl who gathers all of the ghouls and puts them to bed. "Sleep now, morning's coming.'/you tell your monsters sweet,/so they snuggle into bed/and murmur, 'Trick or treat!' " The digital cartoon art plays with light and shadows as it unfolds across the spreads and adds to the gently spooky ambience.
VERDICT A fun storytime read-aloud that's just right for the youngest Halloween revelers.

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