Little Boo

illus. by Tim Zeltner. 30p. Holt. Aug. 2016. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781627795579.
PreS—A little seed tries to scare everyone he meets but is unsuccessful because of his size. A leaf, a grub, and snowflakes all rebuff his "boos." The wind encourages him to wait, and the seed falls asleep for the winter. When he awakes in the spring, he's a sprout and he tries out another "boo," but to no avail. He keeps growing, however, until he becomes a pumpkin. Eventually he turns into a jack-o'-lantern and is easily able to scare everyone. This board book version of the title originally released in 2014 has a muted palette and soft, painterly illustrations with pleasing repetition, and a plot that will resonate with young readers and those looking for a slightly spooky tale.
VERDICT This selection will be enjoyed by those looking for a Halloween story.

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