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Hallowilloween : nefarious silliness from Calef Brown

by Calef Brown

  Book : Juvenile audience

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Only Treats from the Tricky Halloween Poems   (2010-11-05)

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What lies behind the cat’s big orange toothy grin on the cover?  It might be a lyric about the battle between two alley cats.  Or it might be Calef Brown’s latest collections of whimsical and original poems about Halloween.  Brown has put together some very clever and amusing poetry for the ghoulish time of year; something that one does not see very often.  Each poem takes up about a page with some very unusual rhymes.  Gory Renè suffers from a “hideous mange” while a square-headed green individual claims to be “Frankensteinesque” but not Frankenstein.  Other poems focus on a vampire, a mummy, witches from Texas and the Grim Reaper.  The large, bright acrylic illustrations also are atypical for many Halloween illustrations.  They use other colors in addition to the expected orange and black and  may appeal more to reluctant middle school readers.  It is nice to see a book of poetry for Halloween that could inspire similarly written poems by beginning writers and to see some unique settings for some traditional Halloween characters.  The opening “table of contents” page is a bit challenging to read but it hints wonderfully at some of the characters that are to soon appear in the book’s contents.  This original collection can be a new way to celebrate the October holiday.




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