Kids were drawn into this delightfully spooky tale with the anticipation of yelling, “BOO” at each scary situation as the page is turned. “If  ghosts in the trees wibble-wobble your knees,”” a skeleton groans as she rattles her bones,” or “a smug ugly bug tries to give Mom a hug,” don’t worry, just face those Halloween fears with a Boo back at them! Author Susan Hood sets a rhythmic rhyming pace that has everyone bouncing to the literary beat, oblivious to the fact that this is supposed to be scary. A refreshing Halloween story, “Just Say Boo” is fine for all ages and thankfully skips the usual frightening themes, using a howling dog, whirling wind, shriveled leaves or jack-o-lantern’s flickering grin to throw the little trick-or-treaters off guard. Halloween is a favorite fall theme at home and in the classroom as children plan their costumes and anticipate their load of candy. Parents and teachers should grab this perfect read-aloud as kids participate in the story and learn some essential rhyming skills.

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