Emu’s Halloween by Anne Mangan
Published by HarperCollins Australia
Emu is throwing a Halloween party but she doesn’t know how to make it truly terrifying.
Even so, Emu needn’t worry because her friends have some really, really scary ideas.
Kangaroo dresses up as a zombie, Koala is Frankenstein’s monster, Cockatoo comes as a ghost, Echidna looks great as Dracula and Red-back Spider is frightening enough as himself. As he’s already scary, Tassie Devil dresses up as an angel.
Emu gets a big fright when she sees all her friends, but she’s happy too. Soon everyone is busy making scary things like jack-o-lanterns, paper bats and a whole lot more.
Cockatoo makes dips filled with plastic flies and there are sandwitches, spooky spider cakes, a witches’ brew and pumpkin pies.
The friends decorate Emu’s house and there are fun games to play too.
At last, Emu puts a pumpkin on her head and shouts, ‘BOO!’ She’s had a wonderful Halloween, thanks to all her friends.
This hardback picture book contains delightful, colourful pictures and rollicking rhyming text.
The words are quite sophisticated and the rhythm of the verse a little difficult, perhaps slightly clunky. Therefore, it may be necessary for adults to read this book to very young readers. However, Emu’s Halloween is a happy book that should delight children everywhere.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Anne Mangan
Illustrator: David Cornish
Title: Emu’s Halloween
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Published: September 2015