Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bedtime for Boo

Picture book
You know what Halloween is. That enchanted night when magic is
in the air and anything is possible. OK, we already established that
this reviewer never completely grew up.
You know what Halloween is perfect for? Reading picture books
out loud. Whether you're entertaining the crowd at a kindergarten
party or spending a few precious sleepy moments with your own little
one, you'd do well to share Mickie Matheis' Bedtime for Boo.
Boo is the littlest spooklet in a family of ghosts. One night
he gets to join the clan haunting for the first time. As I'm sure
you'd guess, after all that excitement, Boo is not at all ready for
bed when his mom says it's time. Resourceful Mama Ghost has him
listen for the many sounds of his house.
This is a book for every read alouder. If, like me, you like to
ham it up, go right ahead. If you're a little shyer or less secure in
your talents, the well written narrative and darling pictures will
scaffold you to a bootiful performance. Every parent will find the
last picture of his mother tenderly kissing a sleeping boo evocative
and satisfying.
On a personal note, I had a wonderful Halloween. I was a butterfly.
I handed out candy, watched X Files episodes with Joey cat, and
feasted on candy and popcorn. Pure unadulterated bliss!
A great big shout out goes out to our children. May their Halloweens
be enchanting and safe! May the candy be abundant and delish! May
the weather hold out so they don't have to hide their wonderful
costumes under parkas!
Julia Emily Hathaway

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