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OTTER LOVES HALLOWEEN

Author: Sam Garton

Illustrator: Sam Garton

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Publisher: Balzer + Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Otter loves Halloween. He is so excited to pick out a pumpkin and create a scary costume. Then the trick-or-treaters show up and Otter is terrified. He hides under the bed until his Otter Keeper helps him make a costume that hides his eyes so he can't see the trick-or-treaters. This is a seasonal picture book that talks about fear and problem solving.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter enjoyed the book, and asked to read it a couple of times. She loves Halloween right now so I figured it would be a hit. I was surprised by how much she liked it.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book was okay. It didn't have the strongest story line and thought the Otter character is a little strange. Why would the Otter Keeper have a wild animal? Even so, it was worth a read because my daughter loved that it was about Halloween. There are never enough holiday books out and kids love them.

Pros: When you want a Halloween story, this is a cute one.

Cons: The characters are a bit strange. The story is okay, but there are stronger ones out there.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Your child probably would only want to read it around Halloween and there are stronger Halloween books to purchase. Definitely worth checking out from the library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SCAREDY-CAT, SPLAT!   MONSTER HALLOWEEN   HALLOWEEN NIGHT

Educational Themes: The obvious part of the story is Halloween and some of its traditions. Dig a little deeper and you can talk about fear and being scared, and brainstorm (like the Keeper did) different ways to deal with it.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - Halloween, picture book series, emotions, problem solving

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2015

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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