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Monday, October 25, 2021

#FraterfestRat #NetGalley Book Review: The Secret Halloween Costume by Sophie Vaillancourt

This is a nice Halloween story promoting fun rather than scary costumes.
The Secret Halloween Costume
by Sophie Vaillancourt


Publisher ‏ : ‎ CrackBoom! Books; New edition (September 21, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 24 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 2898022454
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 6 years
Grade level ‏ : ‎ Kindergarten - 2
Genre: Children, Halloween, Holiday
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.

A Halloween story for little ones!
Charlotte is a young witch. For Halloween, her family insists she must wear her darkest clothes and scariest makeup. After all, a witch must be spooky! But Charlotte doesn't want to follow tradition - she wants to wear something that reflects who she is. She asks her grandmother to sew her a secret costume... But what will it be?
An adorable Halloween story about an enthusiastic little witch who follows her heart and inspires others to do the same!

Charlotte has been told that it is tradition for a young witch to wear a scary witch costume at Halloween. Charlotte just doesn’t want to be scary. She asks her friends but when they search the costumes in the attic, they find scary costumes. Fortunately, Charlotte has a Granny who is a bit of free thinker and helps her create a costume she is happy with.

I found the illustrations delightful. The story is okay and nice for the halloween holiday. However, I think it could be made clearer that Charlotte wasn’t going behind her mother’s back to be disrespectful. A parent might have to explain the choices between tradition and new ideas and consider better ways to handle the situation than possibly setting one family member against another. I recommend this to families where parents help their children understand tradition, while allowing them creativity.

Source: NetGalley 2021. #FraterfestRat #4. This qualifies for 2021NetGalley goal.

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