If Animals Trick-or-Treated

Farrar. Aug. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374388522.
PreS-Gr 1–This endearing read-aloud will make young children giggle and will warm their hearts. Throughout the story, Paul invites children to imagine what animals would do if they celebrated Halloween like humans. A jolly little owl chooses to carve a pumpkin that looks just like him, a piglet dresses up in a mummy costume, and an armadillo brings chocolate ants to share. The playful use of rhyme and alliteration invites readers in as they listen and gain language comprehension. The whimsical typeface is combined with brightly colored onomatopoeia sprinkled throughout. The number of sentences per spread is limited, making this book perfect for children ages 3-6. Walker incorporates innocent, animated animals that children will enjoy. Instead of portraying a scary holiday filled with monsters, this sweet book allows children to see the fun-loving side of Halloween.
VERDICT A wonderful choice for an autumn story hour at the library or at home that will have young children laughing, learning, and saying, “Again!”

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