Mary Engelbreit,
Queen of Halloween
(HarperCollins, 2008)

It's a simple little story that is perfect for young readers on the spookiest holiday of them all.

Mary Engelbreit has already crafted a popular series of books featuring Ann Estelle in various situations and settings. This time, Ann Estelle is going trick-or-treating with her brother Michael and her dad.

Ann Estelle is, of course, a fairy queen. Michael is a pirate. Both are sworn to be brave, despite the many ghosts and witches running up and down their neighborhood streets.

They finally convince their father to let them go up to a door and ring the bell by themselves. But they never thought it would be so scary without him.

Queen of Halloween is a treat of a story for very young readers. Never even slightly scary, the book teaches a lesson about courage. Engelbreit's bright and cheerful illustrations make it even more fun to read.

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review by
Tom Knapp

25 October 2008

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