The Halloween Tree

The Halloween Tree

Paperback - 1999
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"A fast-moving, eerie...tale set on Halloween night. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin's. Enhanced by appropriately haunting black-and-white drawings."--Booklist
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1999
ISBN: 9780375803017


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The Day of the Dead is one of many customs concerning mortality that the skeletal Mr. Moundshroud shares with a group of friends on a frightening Halloween night.

It's Halloween night, and eight friends plan to meet their friend Pipkin at a haunted house. But when Mr. Moundshroud, the owner of the old place, shows up and tells them Pipkin is missing, the boys encounter a night of multiple frights.

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Apr 26, 2017

Childhood favourite that any adult craving autumnal whimsy can appreciate. Great choice for any child who wants to learn a bit about Hallowe'en and it's history.

KHCPL_Wagner Oct 18, 2016

The perfect Halloween book for both adults and children. Ray Bradbury takes the reader on a magical journey through the history of Halloween, beginning in ancient Egypt and ending in contemporary Mexico.

Castlespooktacular Sep 08, 2015

This was an interesting read. I'm a huge fan of Gris Grimly, the illustrator, however the story was a little all over the place though. I did enjoy it, it started off pretty cool, however the time traveling into alternate dimensions was a little hokey at times. I wish it had more to do with Halloween (apparently it was supposed to reflect the origins of the holiday, sort of missed that I guess). Overall though, a good read.

Dec 14, 2012

This is the first Ray Bradbury piece I have read and it will be my last. I really wanted to love this book but, I feel his strange for the sake of strange writing style got in the way of telling what might have been a more captivating story if it had been written, well, by someone else. This awkward style left me completely uninterested in and unattached to the characters. The descriptions—often silly with gibberish-like words simply strung together—stopped me from trying or caring to fully imagine what he was attempting to describe and left me in eye rolling anticipation and hope for the end of the story to arrive. If based solely on the clever integration of historical concepts and content independent of the writing style then I would give a 4 star rating. But, the book as a whole, I can only give 2.

Snod83 Oct 08, 2011

Wonderful Halloween book, and look at that cover! Ray Bradbury always comes through with a great read!

chinooklibtech Jan 28, 2011

One of my favourites to re-read every Halloween.


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