BY Ferida Wolff and Dolores KozielskI
One witch stirs
up a bubbling pot,
adding this, adding that,
mixing such a tasty brew,
on Halloween night.
One witch, two cats, three owls and other assorted creatures give gentle jitters to young readers as they count their way through a most mysterious Halloween.
School Library Journal gives ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT a starred (*) review!
"A counting book told in rhyme with a refrain (Oo-oo-oo-ooh) that youngsters will love…The writing is melodious with words that go together just right. This would make a great read-aloud either individually or to a group. And the illustrations are stunning…"
"Young readers will enjoy this extended counting story that chronicles the witches, cats, owls, goats, snakes, bears, wolves, toads, crows, hares, bats, bugs, and ghosts that appear on Halloween night. The images are wonderfully specific. They inspire a pleasant thrill rather than an all-out terror. The gentle cadences of the verse have a music of their own and would be very enjoyable read aloud."
"In a counting book with a Halloween theme, a single witch stirs a bubbling brew that sends a steamy cloud across the sky for two children to follow. The shadowy, double-page-spread watercolors…pulse with the rhythm of the short text, and each six-line verse ends with an "Oo-oo-oo-ooh" that children will adore chanting aloud."