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Halloween Goodnight,
by Rebecca Grabill (MFAC '11)

Illustrated by Ella Okstad
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 25, 2017
ISBN 9781481450614
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About the Book

Count up to ten and back again with this sweet and clever Halloween bedtime story starring your favorite monsters!

Gliding through the moonlight
come the monsters big and small,
sliding up your stairway
and oozing down your hall.
They aren’t very scary,
in fact they’re rather sweet.
So snuggle into bed and let them whisper,
“Trick or treat!”

Just some of the praise

“A parade of monsters gathers for some hijinks in this delightful bedtime riff on the ‘Over in the Meadow’ nursery rhyme . . . Grabill makes an oft-adapted rhyme feel utterly fresh, thanks to some excellent vocabulary choices and the funny exchanges between monsters young and old. Okstad’s scraggily rendered monsters are pink cheeked and cuddle worthy—the book captures the mischievous fun of Halloween, without the accompanying terror.” 

- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 

"Grabill and Okstad populate the familiar song 'Over in the Meadow' with all manner of beasties and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. . . . Okstad's digital illustrations are creepy and use shadows to particularly good effect. . . . A Halloween song that can break up the ghostly tales at storytime." 

-KIRKUS Reviews

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