Halloween Forest (Paperback)

By Marion Dane Bauer, John Shelley (Illustrator)

Holiday House, 9780823440382, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

List Price: 7.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Cat bones, rat bones, and bat bones illustrate this spooky Halloween adventure, written by newbery-Honor-winning author MARION DANE BAUER.

If you take your trick-or-treat sack and venture into the dark woods on Halloween night, you'll find cat bones, rat bones, and bat bones--and all are looking at YOU! "Take care! Beware! Despair!" the bone creatures will cry. "You can bet you've just met your worst nightmare!" What will you do? Cry? Sigh?

NO! Because you're too tough / to worry about stuff / like the rattle / and prattle / of bones!

Told in unmetered rhymed verse, this Halloween adventure is a real treat.

About the Author

MARION DANE BAUER has written a wide range of books for young people, including On My Honor, a Newbery Honor book.

JOHN SHELLEY'S work is known internationally, especially in Japan, where he lived and worked for twenty-one years. He has illustrated more than twenty books, including Crinkle, Crackle, Crack and Magic for Sale.

Praise For Halloween Forest

* "Elegantly designed, this collaboration shows a great respect for children’s sensibilities regarding the fine lines between fear, fun and bravery. This title should be at the top of the book pile come autumn."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Perfect for trick-or-treaters who can take some honest-to-gosh spooking, Bauer's simple story involves a boy who exits his safe neighborhood to seek treats in the woods. There he finds a forest made of bones—a breathtaking, intricate creation by Shelley, featuring trunks of fibulas and scapulas and branches of grasping fingers. . . . this is just the sort of thing that sears itself into young brains."—Booklist

"In this creepy Halloween tale, a trick-or-treater leaves the safety of town on All Hallow’s Eve to find treats in a forest of bones. Bat, cat, and rat bones crawl among tree bones. The illustrations capture the spooky feel while not straying too far into the scary . . . "—School Library Journal