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On a Windy Night

Written by Nancy Raines Day & illustrated by George Bates
Published by Abrams
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On a windy Halloween night, as a little boy makes his way home after trick-or-treating, he hears a voice: “Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours—if you look back.” As his heart flip-flops with fear, the boy dashes through woods and fields that seem full of haunting shapes—owls, ghosts, skeletons, and more. The detailed illustrations are packed with visual tricks for children to discover. Are those skeletons or cornstalks? Ghostly hands or tree branches? The playful tone of the text makes this a perfect, not-too-scary read-aloud, with an enjoyable surprise ending.

What Kind of Book is On a Windy Night

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.0 / 7.0

Perfect Halloween book, with just the right amount of fright and humor! I wouldn’t suggest this book for younger kids or those that get scared very easily, but in the end the boy realizes his imagination is creating all the scare.

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Who Wrote On a Windy Night

Nancy Raines Day

Nancy Raines Day is known for her warm and witty rhyming and concept books, most recently Baby’s Firsts, Hoorade Day! and Pirate Jack Gets Dressed. Her colorful past includes growing up on the East Coast, attending college in the Midwest, and raising a family on the West Coast. Now she lives with her husband and three cats in Georgia’s Golden Isles.

Nancy is the author of a dozen picture books. Among her favorite subjects are nature and animals, math and music. She is powered by white chocolate mochas, her favorite refreshment as she works.

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Who Illustrated On a Windy Night

George Bates

George Bates is the illustrator of Abrams’s <i>Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early</i>. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at
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George Bates's Book Dedication

For my brother Sean.

Nancy Raines Day's Book Dedication

To Shelley, a brave traveler on the winding road.

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  • Are there any details of On a Windy Night that you particularly love that readers should watch for?

    Besides all the fun/scary images George Bates hid in the clouds and trees, it’s fun to look for all the sources of the cracklety-clack sound. Also, look for the boy’s cat behind him in every spread. Few readers notice that the mouse on the final page appears on the opening page as well.

    By Nancy Raines Day (author)

  • What was the hardest part about creating On a Windy Night?

    Getting the story AND the rhyme right. It took me eight years!

    By Nancy Raines Day (author)

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Book Details

Publication Date:
October 1, 2010
Illustration Details:
The art in this book was created with pen and ink on Canson paper, and then scanned into a computer. The color was added digitally using an experimental technique in Photoshop CS2.
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