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Halloween Pie

haloween pie On Halloween, Old Witch baked a scrumptious Halloween pie. Then, setting it aside to cool, she leaped on her broom and flew off to make some mischief. Soon the wind began to blow. It blew down Old Witch's chimney and out her window. It blew through the trees and over the graveyard fence. And with it went the spicy scent of Halloween pie.  Zombie in his cave sniffed the wind. Skeleton in his grave sniffed the wind. Vampire, Banshee, Ghoul, and Ghost sniffed the wind. Then they all rose from the graveyard and followed their noses to Old Witch's cottage.  This delicious Halloween romp, filled with spooky sounds and midnight magic, begs to be read aloud again and again and again.

 

Buy Halloween Pie on Amazon.com. It is no longer in print, but copies are still available.

 

 

Recognition:

  • Carnival Book Club edition (Scholastic, Inc.), October 2000

What the Critics Said:

  • “This picture book is both trick and treat.”  (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
  • “Deliciously shivery.”  (School Library Journal)
  • “Michael O. Tunnell’s satisfying story is a perfect treat for a holiday storytime, and Kevin O’Malley’s goofy ghouls are as irresistible as the scent of cloves and ginger.”  (School Library Journal)
  • The graveyard creatures are just creepy enough to delight children who beg for a scary story. Tunnell's use of repetition ("Give me some pie!") will encourage story-hour participation, and O'Malley's oil wash-and-ink illustrations suit the ghoulish tone of the text. Adults will appreciate both the tombstone inscriptions and the recipe for pumpkin pie.  (Booklist, Kay Weisman)

Illustrated by Kevin O’Malley.  Boyds Mills Press, 2004.  (Original publisher:  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard /William Morrow, 1999.)