The Boo Crew Needs YOU! ­

Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. Aug. 2023. 40p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781728264561.
PreS–In this interactive Halloween title, the Boo Crew needs readers' help. Lively text and cartoonlike illustrations work well together. For example, text reads, “Nothing’s going right at all! Will this wreck the Monster Ball?” In the illustration, small ghosts are flying out of a window, there is a sad vampire whose cape is caught in a tree, and even the spider doesn’t look happy. Fortunately, readers can save the day. Text reads, “Quick, press here to make a call for the Boo Crew!” On the other end of the phone, the Boo Crew—Luna, Bones, and Fang—are ready to spring into action. But they need help. Readers are prompted to shout “Yes!,” push a switch, blow out a candle on a cupcake, tap pumpkins on the page, take a breath, tip the book, find a rope, clap their hands, turn the book, (and then shake and turn the book), knock on the door, and pat their backs. This fun story will have young readers participating in a Halloween adventure that isn’t scary.
VERDICT Recommended as an addition to Halloween shelves, an engaging title that provides new material on the holiday topic.

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