The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene. A trick used by many children's book authors is to cleverly transform a story from the tune of a famous song or in this case, a Christmas carol. Greene made a spooktacular tale told to the tune of "The Twelve of Days of Christmas" and I must admit, my kids still ask for this one.
That's why I was surprised to find THE 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN by Guy Vasilovich. That's right, just like The 13 Days of Halloween, Vasilovich has transformed 'The Twelve of Days of Christmas' into his own Halloween version. I must admit that I like Carol Greene's version better, but Vasilovich has definitely mastered the art of illustration! The illustrations absolutely make this book. For example, on the third night of Halloween, there's nothing better than seeing 3 Baseball Bats--Of course, we see 3 bats with baseball hats.
This is one of those books that will definitely get you in the Halloween spirit and young readers will be begging you to sing the song over and over again.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (July 26, 2011)
Source of review copy: Publisher