Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Review: Knock, Knock, Trick or Treat! by Amy E. Sklansky

Halloween is almost here! Today's review is for those young trick-or-treaters, who can't wait to throw on their costumes and fill their bags with all sorts of treats. 

by Amy E. Sklansky
Illustrated by Chiara Galletti
Little Simon
Board Book / Holiday
14 pages
ages 2 and up

Knock, knock, trick or treat! Knock on the doors and lift the flaps to see who’s hiding inside this spooky haunted house!

Come with me, right down my street.
Who knows what creatures we might meet?
“Knock knock, trick-or-treat!
Give us something good to eat.”

Knock on this haunted house to find out what kind of Halloween monsters are waiting inside...if you dare! From a ghost to a witch to a skeleton and more, little ones will love lifting the die-cut flaps to reveal the spooky surprises behind each door.



Trick or treating rings in spooky fun with a cute, door-to-door adventure, which holds tons of surprises.

The well-known tradition of going from door to door on Halloween and shouting 'Trick or Treat!' takes a new twist in this fun book for the youngest readers. The board book is robust and each page has been cut to a different house size, making it great for small fingers to feel, grab, flip and carry around. The illustrations are bright, bold and full of details, inviting to gazing. But of course, these aren't nearly as exciting as the house door found on each page. Opening each one discloses a surprise and a Halloween creature, which displays a huge smile.

It's a sweet take on trick or treating, and allows young readers to go from door to door all on their own. The text is written is swinging rhyme and builds up right before the door is opened. There it describes the character in short words. The text works great as a read-aloud, but I do see young readers more invested in discovering this book on their own. The Halloween creatures are mostly familiar, while a couple might introduce something new.

Its a cute book with the perfect amount of spook to create a Halloween atmosphere.

And here they are...
Amy E. Sklansky is the author of a dozen books for children, most of which are written in verse. As a kid, she dressed up as Laura Ingalls Wilder two Halloweens in a row. She has visited (in person and virtually) more than 150 schools and libraries from Turtle Lake, North Dakota, to Singapore. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she is fond of reading aloud and drinking fancy black tea as she crafts her stories.

Chiara Galletti is a children’s book illustrator and character designer. She has a degree in advertising from the University for Foreigners of Perugia and a specialization in e-design from the Academy of Digital Arts Nemo in Florence. Currently she is working in advertising, publishing, and web as a freelancer and organizing drawing workshops for children and adults at the Biblioteca delle Nuvole in Perugia. Chiara is very curious and loves learning new things and observing the world around her in every way possible: by traveling, reading, watching movies, visiting art exhibitions, and meeting new people. Drawing for her is not a hobby or a job; it is a mission. She wants to make people happy with her art. Chiara lives in Italy.


Heather N. Quinn said...

What a super idea for little 'uns! Actually, my sister and I made something similar when we were kids, cutting out pictures of people from the Sears catalogue, adding a few scars and blacking out a few teeth, and setting them behind doors for a Halloween catalogue. Haven't thought of that in years. Thanks!

Tonja Drecker said...

That is a fun idea...and a wonderful memory! We used the catalogues for Christmas (who didn't?) but your idea would have been tons of fun.