SNATCH A STORY
THE WICKED READ
By Nancy Raines Day Illustrated by George Bates Published by Abrams, Harry N., Inc ISBN-13: 9780810939004 Age Range: 5 – 7 Years
On a windy Halloween night, as a little boy makes his way home after trick-or-treating, he hears a voice:
“Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours—if you look back.” As his heart flip-flops with fear, the boy dashes through woods and fields that seem full of haunting shapes—owls, ghosts, skeletons, and more. The detailed illustrations are packed with visual tricks for children to discover. Are those skeletons or cornstalks? Ghostly hands or tree branches? The playful tone of the text makes this a perfect, not-too-scary read-aloud, with an enjoyable surprise ending.
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THE CREEPY CREATOR
Nancy Raines Day held annual Halloween parties as a child for her October birthday featuring cold-spaghetti guts and peeled-grape eyeballs. She is the author of many acclaimed picture books.