Reviews for Halloween Night
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring
A mouse spends Halloween night hiding in a jack-o'-lantern but still ends up with candy of his own in this tame Halloween story. Pickering's decorative illustrations mirror "The House That Jack Built" text's whimsy; both are lighthearted but uninvolving? Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2005 August #1
For her debut, Hatch weaves a comical tale of Halloween delight with "The House That Jack Built" overtones. A timorous mouse observes the nocturnal activities of various creatures from within the sequestered safety of a jack-o'-lantern. Designed as a cumulative tale, Hatch's descriptive one-line verses introduce an assortment of various critters that populate the night, from a swooping bat to a costumed trick-or-treater laden with the evening's bounty. Hatch builds reader's anticipation, keeping her prose simple enough to retain a preschooler audience's attention. The tale's dénouement occurs when an over-eager pup knocks the child over, spilling the spoils-much to the pleasure of the mouse. Pickering's characteristic illustrations are pure fun. Deep pigments coat the full-bleed spreads, conveying the spooky thrills of this much-favored holiday. Wacky perspectives and silly details keep the pictures on the playful side of thrilling. Hatch's tale of Halloween shenanigans makes a nice addition to the seasonal book shelf. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 August #1
Hatch's debut, modeled on "The House That Jack Built," introduces "the owl/ who hoots at the bat/ who dips and dives up in the sky/ above the mouse/ hiding inside the jack-o'-lantern." Spilled snacks trigger a domino effect and the lucky mouse, "merry and safe," ends up munching candy corn. Pickering's (Somethin' Pumpkin) cockeyed characters and sinuous shapes, decorated with coal-black filigree vines and spirals, have a Nightmare Before Christmas flavor but, unfortunately, little depth. The lolloping, uneven rhythm and slick illustrations don't accumulate much electricity. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 August
PreS-Gr 1-Using the framework and rhythms of "This Is the House That Jack Built," Hatch constructs a cumulative chain of events that begins with a mouse hiding inside a jack-o'-lantern. Each successive character that arrives on the scene-a bat, an owl, a cat, a costumed child, and a dog-adds a complicating layer until the pooch finally trips the trick-or-treater, spilling the candy, scattering the figures, and leaving the merry mouse in possession of the treats. Hatch's lively text is matched by the quirky full-color art. Using changes in perspective, an elastic line, an appropriately spooky font style, and a sure hand for depicting action, Pickering drenches the spreads in dark blues, purples, greens, and reds. Libraries looking for a slightly scary tale will want to consider this one.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.