The Crayons Trick or Treat

Philomel. Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780593621028.
PreS-Gr 1–Just in time for Halloween, Daywalt and Jeffers are back with another playful offering. This time, the crayons are going to trick-or-treat, and what a time they will have collecting candy from their neighbors! Yet, as they approach each door, the crayons are uncertain what they should say to receive candy. One by one, each costumed crayon takes a chance at getting candy. The crayons try everything from “Give us your candy, lady” to “Merry Christmas” to “Happy American Cheese Month” and other silly pronouncements. It is the Purple crayon, dressed as a devil, who helps them learn from their mistakes. Young readers will delight in the variety of missteps the crayons make in their pursuit of treats. Also, they will learn a valuable and spooky lesson about politeness.
VERDICT With all the artistic consistency and charm of their previous collaborations, Daywalt’s and Jeffers’s latest is an engaging read-aloud, a worthy addition to Halloween book displays, and a must-have for any library.

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