Halloween Is Coming!

Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. Aug. 2021. 32p. Tr $10.99. ISBN 9781728205861.
PreS-K–Readers follow three friends one Halloween as they visit a festival, gather pumpkins, trick-or-treat, and more. The trio present as a Black girl, an Asian girl, and a white boy who uses a wheelchair. Their class and community are diverse in appearance and include humans and imaginary creatures. The costumes range from ghosts and pirates to astronauts, strawberries, and artists, with nary a culturally appropriative costume in sight. Notably, one boy sports a blue tutu and lace-up ballet shoes. The simple, rhyming text is ideal for read-alouds. Wen has textured the digitally rendered illustrations with pencil, creating a soft and bright atmosphere, even for scenes set at night. For readers who enjoy the playful, social aspects of the holiday, this is a solid choice.
VERDICT Charming illustrations elevate this straightforward Halloween tale is for medium and large holiday collections.–Taylor Worley, Springfield P.L., OR

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