Reviews for Minerva Louise on Halloween

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
Hen Minerva Louise has her own perspective (per usual) of Halloween on the farm. Seen through her eyes, the spider-web decorations become new curtains, a skeleton is a very skinny farmer, trick-or-treat baskets are feed buckets, and--yum, candy corn! Stoeke's unfussy drawings provide satisfying visual clarifications of Minerva Louise's silly misinterpretations. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 July #2
That daffy chicken is back, here viewing Halloween in her inimitably self-referential way. "Oh, hello!" she says to a front-porch scarecrow as she looks at decoration cobwebs, "Did you put up the new curtains?" What she loves most of all, of course, is the very sweet corn the farmer is handing out to everyone who rings the bell. There's no question that Stoeke's got her formula down pat: Bright, clean panels depict the reality Minerva Louise observes while her obtuse narration thereof runs underneath. In a nod to the times, the author adds a Harry Potter to the princesses, ghosts and witches who visit the house. Hardly revolutionary, either within her own oeuvre or that of the Halloween book, but kids will like it nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2009 August #5

Minerva, the lovably oblivious white chicken, returns to offer running commentary on events occurring on Halloween. Minerva happily spends time watching "the farmers" (really children dressed in their costumes) at play. Contentedly misinformed, Minerva reassures a jack-o'-lantern about two frolicking ghosts: "Oh, that? Don't worry. That's just the laundry." As ever, the disconnect between Minerva's observations and Stoeke's cheery imagery should provoke plenty of audience response. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 July

PreS-K-Guileless Minerva Louise is back for another adventure. As always, everything she sees is interpreted from her point of view as a chicken. The children who are getting ready for Halloween are referred to as "the farmers." When they place fake tombstones in the yard, she thinks they're planting a rock garden. She thinks bat-filled cobwebs placed in the corner of the porch are new curtains. The skeleton hanging on the door holding a scythe is a farmer with a shovel, one who is too skinny to dig anything. But when the children start trick-or-treating, the chicken gets really excited. She thinks they're bringing feed bags to the door and getting corn. She grabs an empty cupcake paper from the table, joins them at the door, and gets some candy corn just like the kids. The illustrations are crisp and clear with flat colors, outlined in black. Fans of Minerva Louise will love this title. -Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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