November the 1st is kinda the worst
For everything SPOOKY and CREEPY,
In fact, truth be told, you’ll find that it makes
Most HALLOWEEN GHOULS rather weepy!
For there isn’t a day that’s further away
From next HALLOWEEN, it’s true,
So every last thing that goes BUMP in the night
Has to find something DIFFERENT to do!
What Do Werewolves Do When it’s Not Halloween? offers an explanation for the 364 days between Halloweens. It speculates that vampires do some catching-up, mummies try some alternative costumes, skeletons just hang around – in fact everyone seems to find a way to fill in time. But werewolves – what do they do? Do they hide away with other werewolves and wait for Halloween? Well, you’ll just have to read and find out. Illustrations depict all manner of spooky and creepy creatures doing their thing through night and day.
Halloween is a big night for those who like to be or to experience spooky or creepy things, but for the rest of the year, creeping and spooking are less visible. Perhaps it’s odd that no one has previously offered an answer to this question! Young readers can experience the inventiveness of Frankensteins and the wildness of witches in this funny, fiend-filled rhyming stories, which ends with a ghoulish answer to its own question.
What Do Werewolves Do When it’s Not Halloween?, Heath McKenzie Scholastic Australia 2013 ISBN: 9781742838793
review by Claire Saxby, Children’s author and bookseller
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