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1, 2, BOO!: A Spooky Counting Book

Bloomsbury. Jul. 2021. 22p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781547606405.
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PreS-Gr 2–Adorably illustrated in bright colors, this short book features two white children who have a lot of fun counting Halloween ghosts, skeletons, bats, and candy from one to 10. With each turn of the page, readers will find the characters making an array of silly faces; little ones may just want to join in and act out some of the motions, like “Seven warty toads, hopping up and down.” The background of each page is a single color, helping little ones to focus on the main characters and the counting of the objects. The rhythm and rhyme will be enjoyed by the very youngest of listeners and make for a fun story time read. Friendly Halloween creatures and cherubic children keep this book cheery and not at all spooky.
VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries looking to scare up some Halloween enjoyment for younger readers.–Tracy Cronce, Stevens Point Pub. Sch. District, WI

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