Happy Halloween: A touch-and-feel book

Tiger Tales. Jul. 2023. 10p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781664350809.
Baby-Toddler–It’s Halloween, and the trick-or-treaters have gone, so now pumpkin gets to have some fun! In this gentle introduction to typical Halloween characters and themes, readers follow Pumpkin, who rolls along and soon meets Ghost. The two set out on a path to go “happy haunting,” but after scaring Skeleton in the forest, it’s Bat that scares them in the pumpkin patch. The story ends in a Halloween party at Black Cat’s haunted house. The beautifully drawn illustrations feature traditional Halloween hues of purple, orange, black, brown, and green. Each character’s expressions are happy and adorable, rather than scary. Toddlers will enjoy finding all the sets of eyes peeking out from bushes and trees, as well as identifying the many animals included within the pages. Each spread features a just right in length abcb rhyming pattern and a different surface for kids to touch and feel, including a fuzzy pumpkin, smooth and slick ghost, leathery bat wing, and fluffy cat hair.
VERDICT A perfectly delightful, not frightful, touch-and-feel Halloween book to include in little reader collections.

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