"Halloween was not just a matter of treats. We had no tricks in mind. Here, in the darkness, surrounded by what seemed like hundreds of other children, we, too, were American. No one cared that our 'Thank you' was said with an accent. No one cared that our Mama, in her babushka, could speak only a few words of English. Halloween was our holiday, as much as anyone else's."
Bookworm's interest at 22 months: He's not old enough for this yet, but we looked through the illustrations together.
Parent's Peeve: Near the back of the book, there is an illustration of the halloween candy the children collected. There are all kinds of loose nuts, including peanuts and walnuts in their shells. (Actually everything is loose - chocolate chip cookies, apples, chocolate squares). I'm biased due to my son's multiple food allergies, but I can't imagine anybody gives out loose nuts to kids for Halloween these days (I hope not). The detail in the illustrations does make clear that the story is set in an earlier time period (whenever ketchup cost 10 cents), so that probably accurately represents what trick-or-treating was like then. A small peeve in an otherwise wonderful book. And it will give me an opportunity to reinforce my "no nuts" lesson with my son!
Bookworm's interest at under 12 months: He enjoyed the whole thing.
"It's Halloween and Little Vampire is going to a party! What costume should he wear?"
Bookworm's interest at under 12 months: He still pulls it out to read (and enjoy) months later.