The Great Zombie Pumpkin Parade!

Little, Brown/Christy Ottaviano. Aug. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316331975.
K-Gr 4–Just scary enough to please those looking for a mild fright, this story leads young readers on an annual Halloween romp of pumpkin-headed zombies. “Welcome to the Great Zombie Pumpkin Parade!” Burleigh brings out the silly side of the undead with rhymes: “Leaves swirl and tumble/ as day turns to night./ Zombies stumble/ Left and right,” and alliteration: watch out for “Zipper-Toothed Zlumpkin,” who is preceded by “Drizzle-Mouthed Dumpkin” and followed by “Slime-Faced Sumpkin.” Minor’s watercolor and gouache illustrations, which feature an emojilike range of zombie expressions, soften the spooky couplets.
VERDICT A natural fit for Halloween-themed read alouds and activities.

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