Katy Duck's Happy Halloween

illus. by Henry Cole. 24p. (Ready-to-Read). Simon Spotlight. 2014. pap. $3.99. ISBN 9781442498068; Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442498075; ebk. $3.99. ISBN 9781442498082; lib. ed. $13.55. ISBN 9780606357692. LC 2013045346.
PreS-Gr 1—Katy Duck is pleased to be a dancing unicorn for Halloween. But then Alice Duck appears as a shimmering, glimmering mermaid, and Katy has misgivings about her own choice. Only when her friend compliments her does Katy regain her confidence, allowing the trick-or-treating to begin. Cole's delightful, boldly colored illustrations capture the characters' expressions, and Capucilli homes in on a common source of insecurity for children deciding upon a costume. Beginning readers will find reassurance in this easy-to-decipher story that has large print and just one or two easy sentences per page.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Katy Duck is thrilled with her homemade dancing unicorn Halloween costume...until she sees Alice Duck's glimmery, shimmery mer-duck costume: "Tra-la-la. Boohoo!" Alice, however, admires Katy's creation, and dancing unicorn and mer-duck shimmer, glimmer, gallop, and twirl happily together. The simple story is slight but welcomes new readers with its large type and sprightly illustrations.

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