Black and Bittern Was Night

Black and Bittern Was Night

Book - 2013
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When skeletons take over a small town, the grown-ups call off trick-or-treating, but the kids in town vow to save the day
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press ; Shenzhen, China : Manufactured through Asia Pacific Offset, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781554533022
1554533023
Branch Call Number: PIC Heidbreder, R 2013
Characteristics: 29 unnumbered pages : colored illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Martz, John 1978-

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keldissima
Oct 06, 2016

I check this book out every Halloween season. I love the play with language! It's challenge to read aloud, but that's one of the things about it I enjoy, and my kids love the illustrations!

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skyekilaen
May 20, 2016

My son wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first. He loved the art and all the little details of the big crowd scenes. Army of skeletons versus kids in costume, what’s not to love?

But WHAT was Mom saying as she read it out loud? For example: “Windows were shuttered, tight-pulled all drape folds. Brain-frizzed tall-big ones latch-click-locked doorholds.” It’s like some wild Halloween variant of English. I found it absolutely delightful. He caught on and treated it kind of like a code to decipher after I read it to him the first time.

This book might not be for everyone (those who claim the words make "no sense" may need to pay more attention), but if you and your kid enjoy creative language, check it out!

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talf
Apr 22, 2015

Interesting book. My nephew (5yrs) loved that I was tongue tied and had so much trouble getting through the nonsense words.

GSPLjodie Mar 27, 2015

I love that the words themselves make no sense, but when read aloud to a rhythm, the story conveys meaning.
Worth the read if only to expose your children to something different.

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