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Book: Creepy Crawly Critters and Other Halloween Tongue Twisters
Author: Nola Buck
Illustrator: Sue Truesdell
Publisher: HarperCollins, 1996
ISBN-13: 978-0060248093 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0060248092 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0064442220 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0064442225 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Buck, Nola. Creepy Crawly Critters and Other Halloween Tongue Twisters (published in 1996 by HarperCollins). This “I Can Read Book, Level 1” is an excellent introduction to Halloween for young ones and follows a variety of activities and other Halloween-related things enjoyed by trick-or-treaters including parties, spiders, bats, candy-gathering, and costumes. Author Nola Buck’s silly Halloween tongue twisters about itchy witches, groaning ghosts, and plump pumpkins will make beginning readers giggle. “Slow sly snakes slither silently.” Try saying that ten times really fast! Illustrator Sue Truesdell’s wild and colorful cartoons of watercolor-and-ink add to the amusement by depicting the playfully ghoulish one-liners about how “tricky trick-or-treaters try trading sticky treats” with visual details such as witches in britches and bats eating bedbugs.
We checked this book out of the library when our older son Mark was learning to read to give him extra practice and also supplement his study of the background of Halloween. Little kids may not always get the exact meanings of the tongue twisters, but they’ll love the sounds of the words and the comic pictures. It would be great for all children who are new to Halloween and those who are fond of short tongue twisters. It is not to be confused with a similarly-titled book, Creepy-Crawly Critters, an All Aboard Reading level 3 book about the creepy-crawly animals that live in the southwestern desert, including the giant vinegaroon, velvet ant, trapdoor spider, and desert hairy scorpion, by Jeff Corwin, a wildlife biologis who is also an Emmy Award- winning producer and host of more than a dozen television series.