Boynton celebrates Halloween!
A new addition to the Boynton on Board series, with over 21 million copies sold, Eek! Halloween! is all treat and no tricks, a journey with Boynton and her nutty characters through the tradition of Halloween.
It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”
I’m a huge fan of Sandra Boyton books and her signature style, but this is possibly my least favorite. We’ll contentedly read it around Halloween time, but it’s not one that makes the cut year round.
I think this Halloween book is perfect for littles who don’t want anything with creepy text or scary monsters in it. Playful, funny, and perfect for all those Sandra Boynton fans.
Halloween can be frightening for toddlers and this book approaches that uncertainty with humor and fun. Sandra Boynton perfectly captures the aspects of dressing up that can be worrisome for the Pre-K set and presents them in a non-threatening way allowing for rational assessment. If we had had this book in our library years ago I imagine that “Relax, silly chickens!” might have become a familiar family refrain.
Sandra Boynton is a beloved American cartoonist, children’s author, songwriter, and highly sporadic short film director. Boynton has written and illustrated sixty children’s books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times bestsellers. More than 70 million of her books have been sold—“mostly to friends and family,” she says. Boynton has also written and produced six albums of unconventional children’s music; three of her albums have been certified Gold (over 500,000 copies sold), and Philadelphia Chickens, nominated for a Grammy, has gone Platinum (over one million copies sold). Boynton has also written and directed eleven short musical films and two animated shorts, including “Tyrannosaurus Funk,” sung by Samuel L. Jackson, which won the 2018 Grand Prize for Best Children’s Animation Short from the Rhode Island International Film Festival. In 2008, Boynton received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society. Boynton has four perfect children and an equally perfect granddaughter. Her Connecticut studio is in a converted barn that has perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America.