Tuesday, October 30, 2012
31st October Halloween
Well Halloween is here, finally.
Bong goes the bell in the rickety tower,
Twelve times...that means it's Spooky Hour.
Listen! Hush! Oooh, what's that sound?
The midnight spooks are coming round.
Hubble bubble, what's that smell?
Eleven witches stir their spell.
It starts to fizz. They shriek, "Tee-hee!"
Then off they zoom on broomsticks, wheeeeee!
Out of the darkness, what's this here?
Ten funny, floaty ghosts appear,
Swirling, whirling, singing, "Whoo-ooooo!
Watch out, witches. We're after you-ooooooo!"
This is the first three double spreads of a fabulous book called Spooky Countdown to Halloween by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees. It is a rollicking, rhyming story with plenty of things to talk about, not least of which is the language. It would make a great mentor text for creative writing. There is onomatopoeia, great verbs, exclamations, questions, appeals to the senses, direct speech and exaggeration. I bought it today and can't wait to try it out.
PS I got to school the next day and thought I would just have a look at Spookyrumpus another book by this talented duo. Something in my consciousness must have been niggling. Guess what it is the same book, just rebranded for Australian audiences. I've been jipped! Oh well they'll both get used.