Format: ARC (Hardcover available August, 2021)
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is a cute little rhyming story with the friends of Sesame Street enjoying some wonderful Halloween festivities. The story begins with five of the characters (all dressed in pumpkin costumes) getting ready for a night of trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. The reader slowly meets the rest of the characters including the Cookie Monster popping out of his trash can and Bert, Ernie, Count, and Big Bird handing out treats. The happy mood changes when a scary noise causes one of our little pumpkins to drop their treat bag–only to have the contents scattered by the wind throughout the road. In true Sesame Street fashion, all the little pumpkins gather together and share their treats with their friend.
There are colorful illustrations throughout the story and fun little details hidden in the pages for children to find. This includes spiders dangling, ghosts in the windows of buildings in the background, bats flying in the air, and the subtle change of color of the leaves on the trees. The back of the book provides some fun little craft activities for children. There is a cut-out Elmo and pumpkin mask along with a plain mask for a child to color.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing, although the mask features in the back of the book would not work for a library.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of two and five years old. It is a Halloween book, but there is nothing scary for the little ones.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschool, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of two and five years old.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, it seems the scenario of losing a bag of candy happens to at least one child every year, so this might come in handy if kids need to share their Halloween stash.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: March 19, 2021