Reviews for Three Bears' Halloween

Booklist Reviews 2007 August #1
Papa Bear puts on funny ears, Mama Bear dons a curly wig, and Baby Bear dresses as a tiger. This can only mean one thing--Halloween. The family goes trick-or-treating, and Baby Bear's bag fills up, because, he says, he's so scary. When the family arrives at a house decorated with cobwebs and skeletons (with a witch hiding in the bushes), it's the bears who get nervous. Still, they go inside, gobble Halloween treats, and break a chair in the living room; and when they hear someone in the house, they run upstairs and dive under the covers. Someone creeping up the stairs casts a frightening shadow. Baby Bear yells, "Someone is a big, bad witch," but children will recognize Goldilocks under the witch's costume and welcome the chance to figure things out before the bears do. Thickly applied acrylics make for sturdy paintings, but the many holiday accoutrements (jack-o'lanterns, costumed friends, Halloween decorations) lighten the pictures. Good fun for story hours, this works as an introduction to fractured fairy tales. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2007 September #1
The three bears get a trick from Goldilocks in this Halloween treat. After dressing in their costumes, the three bears go trick-or-treating through the forest. The animals they encounter each contribute something from their winter food stores to Baby Bear's bag--the squirrel some nuts, the bees some honey. But when they come to a spooky house, it seems like no one is home, as the door creaks open at their knock. Echoing the classic tale, the bears eat, break a chair and hide under the bed covers. Youngsters will know what is coming from the prolific clues in both the text and illustrations, but Goldilocks's costume certainly comes as a great surprise to the frightened bear family. Observant readers will giggle over the hidden details in Meisel's acrylics, which downplay the scary aspects of Halloween enough for the youngest of audiences to enjoy. Parents may use this as a springboard for discussions about Halloween safety. A good addition to fairy-tale and Halloween collections. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 September #4
The ursine stars of The Three Bears' Christmas are back in The Three Bears' Halloween by Kathy Duval, illus. by Paul Meisel. The three bears help themselves to some treats in a seemingly empty house, while a certain golden-tressed fairy-tale heroine supplies the tricks. (Holiday, $16.95 32p ages 4-8 ISBN 9780-8234-2032-2; Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 August

PreS-Gr 1-- On Halloween night, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear go trick-or-treating, forest style. A squirrel dressed as Superman gives little bear some nuts, bees give honey, and a family of birds, also dressed for the holiday, drop berries into his bag. When they come across a spookily decorated house and hear someone laughing in the bushes, they hurry inside to find a friendly cat and Halloween treats waiting in the kitchen. A mysterious figure with a pointed hat and a broom causes the alarmed bears to hide behind the couch and then scoot upstairs and get under the covers. Children will be more than happy to point out the strong resemblance the costumed witch has to a certain girl with golden locks. Small details such as a costumed mouse who appears on nearly every page, paintings with storybook figures, and bear motifs throughout the house add even greater charm to an already delightfully presented story, rich with folk-art warmth and whimsical humor. A perfect Halloween read-aloud.--Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY

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