There are ten toes hanging over the edge of the pier tapping out a tune this Halloween. First the cat spots them, then a witch, then a bungling bat, a ghoul ... and more. Each trying in turn to pinch, grab, or bite those toes. Whose toes are they? Will any of the Halloween guests get them?
Little humorous details in the illustrations and a clever story combine in what could easily become a holiday tradition in your house.
"This one is fun, Mom." She loved the "active" illustrations and the surprise at the end when we discover whose toes they are. We spent lots of time exploring the details of the illustrations (like the little crab on the pirate ghost's pocket). This was one she wanted to read again.
After the second round of "by the light, by the light ..." I thought it was going to get tiresome, but it didn't. This is a delightful read, and despite the black background, it is light-hearted and suited for young children, too. The repetition is perfect for helping new readers and the illustrations do an exceptional job adding clues for them to decode words.
This is a story in the vein of The House that Jack Built, with each character's antics being added to previous one.
This is a book meant to be shared for fun. There is plenty to explore in the illustrations. The first time through there are opportunities to stop and ask "what do you think will happen next," and the repetition is enough that you can quickly get a chorus going, too.
5 to 9
3 to 8
Read by a nine-year-old girl.
Borrow, at least! If my daughter were younger I would buy this for our personal collection of holiday books.