Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week I wrote a review on Bobbi Katz and Adam McCauley‘s fun and whimsical book Monsterologist (from Sterling Kids Publishing). This week I’m still thinking about ghosts and goulies as I review Over in the Hollow (age 4-8), written by Rebecca Dickson and illustrated by S.britt (published by Chronicle Books). Thanks to Crystal at Raincoast Books for my review copy.
Take a visit to the hollow and you’ll find a spooky mama owl and her little owlets three, a pale grandpa vampire and his little vampires four and so on. This delightfully eerie counting book is inspired by Olive A. Wadsworth’s poem Over in the Meadow. Kids will enjoy the fun Halloween themed rhyme as they count the creepy critters and ghoulie ghosts on each page. The images are fun and not scary making it a great read-aloud book for all ages.
All three of my kids loved Over in the Hollow. It’s a great way to get into the Halloween spirit without scaring anyone. My son especially enjoyed reading the rhyming line and the line that each of the creatures’ kids said. The rhymes were easy cues to the kids as to what number came next (for early counting). Along with a fun rhyme, Rebecca Dickinson also included great dialog for fun out loud sound effects. My youngest enjoyed howling and stomping along with the book. The words roll out of your mouth in a fun lyrical way, making it a joy to read over and over again. And S.britt‘s illustrations of the different creatures were fun caricatures. My kids enjoyed picking out which cat or ghost or pumpkin they would be since each creature was different.