1, 2, BOO!: A Spooky Counting Book

1, 2, BOO!: A Spooky Counting Book

1, 2, BOO!: A Spooky Counting Book
Paul Howard

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781526612052

We went trick-or-treating and we saw ... When a brother and sister go trick-or-treating, they compete to see who find the most bizarre and brilliant things. As they try to count all the hair-raising creatures, everything escalates until ... It's time for the Halloween feast! HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE! A new take on an old favourite, children will love learning to count with this funny rhyming story - packed with ghosts, skeletons, dancing monsters, spooky bats and much, much more! From the illustrator of the bestselling The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, this is a brilliant and accessible board-book version of Paul Howard's laugh-out-loud Halloween picture book, I Went Trick-or-Treating.

Librarian's Book choice

This seasonal counting book will appeal to all those who enjoy something a little scary! We follow a brother and sister, in their Halloween costumes, as they go trick-or-treating. On the way they encounter various spooky characters including flying bats, dancing skeletons, friendly ghosts and cute black cats. Their journey ends satisfactorily with a huge selection of sweets, lollipops and cakes!

The narrative encourages counting from one hairy, scary wolf through to ten giant bags of sweets. The funny rhymes give the story a momentum, which builds to the final page. At the end, we see all the characters come together to share the treats which have been collected along the way.

The cover of this book is eye-catching, as shiny lettering and brightly coloured features contrast with a black background. On every page, the lively illustrations give plenty of opportunity for counting. There is a lot of movement in the story, with dancing, hopping, swooping and flying, all brilliantly depicted by the illustrator. The scary characters actually look quite friendly and have the most amazing facial expressions. I especially liked the hopping toads, with their colourful bow ties, but each reader will certainly find their own favourites.

Children will also enjoy spotting themed details decorating the page corners such as cobwebs, apples and masks. The colours used highlight the subject matter effectively, from dark starry skies and orange pumpkins to translucent green ghosts.

A spooky adventure and a fun way to learn to count.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Judith Greenall, librarian