Saturday, October 13, 2018

Review: Halloween Ride by Elaine Kaye

A Gregory Green Adventure
by Elaine Kaye
Chapter Book/ Picture Book
26 pages
ages 5 to 8

One Halloween night, Gregory and his teddy bear Sammy go trick-or-treating, hoping for lots and lots of candy. But Sammy is scared of everything and is constantly asking, “What’s that?” Gregory gets annoyed until one of those things turns out to be a flying broomstick. And this broom wants them to go for a ride. Where will it take them?


This is a sweet, trick or treating adventure with a special twist of Halloween magic as sweet as candy corn.

Gregory and his bear, Sammy, put on their costumes, and with Mom's instructions, head out to trick or treat. But things are spookier than usual on Halloween night. Soon, the shadows reveal surprises and the two wonder if they are as brave as they thought. But when one shadow reveals a broom stick, the magic begins.

While this book belongs to a series of books, each one is a separate story and can easily be read alone.

The excitement of heading out alone for the very first time to go trick or treating comes to life in these pages. Gregory and Sammy, a teddy bear who is more than his stuffing and string, are nervous but mostly excited as they head out into the night. The mother's instructions fit perfectly to the situation—only go to the houses where she can see them from the window. Even though this sounds very safe, the two still find themselves in thick adventures, which shows how wonderful the imagination can be.

It's easy to relate to the two as they meet their own fears, ones many kids share when their imaginations get the better of them. And the twist of magical fun toward the end, adds a wonderful adventure kids can dream of. It's a lovely balance between reality and fantasy.

This book borders between a picture book and something children, who have gotten a better grip on words, can read on their own. The vocabulary is generally kept simple enough for more sure readers to attack, and the length fits perfectly as well. As a picture book, it's great for the slightly older audience (ages five and up) due to the length. But it makes a wonderful read aloud for this age group.
The illustrations are bright and simple but add just the right touch to make the book fun to flip through.

It's an entertaining read, which kids can identify with before heading out on their own trick or treating adventure.

And here she is. . .

Elaine Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

Find Elaine:
Website / Instagram / Litsy - @ElaineKaye

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