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Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating (Bird Brain )

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  196 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Tommy is a mischievous little woodpecker who loves to fly to the edge of the forest and watch the people in the nearby suburb. One evening, something strange and exciting happens—people emerge from their houses wearing costumes and carrying colorful buckets with smiling faces on them. What’s even crazier is that they shout a special codeword while standing outside of each ...more
Published October 2nd 2012 by Evolved Publishing (first published September 30th 2012)
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Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Oct 29, 2012 Patricia Kemp Blackmon rated it it was amazing
Tommy the woodpecker could not understand why he was not able to peck a hole in a house. He had no problem with trees. When he finally gave up he noticed the boy and girl coming out of the house looked different today. Michael the raccoon raced up the tree to see what Tommy was looking at. Tommy asked why the boy and girl look different? Michael told him it was a special day called Halloween and the little people were going to go door to door and get candy from each house. This sounded like a wo ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very cute and has a good message for children. I really liked Tommy and Michael. And the pictures were sweet.
Phaedra Seabolt
Dec 28, 2012 Phaedra Seabolt rated it it was amazing
Tommy the woodpecker lives to watch the humans. He watches a neighborhood every day from the comfort of a high branch in a birch tree. He loves to do this so much that he puts up with the taste of birch even though it isn't his favorite. While watching the neighborhood one day He sees the kids acting very strangely. They are all wearing costumes and shouting at the doors. His friend Michael the raccoon shows up and tells him about Halloween. The two of them decide they want to join in the fun as ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Nai rated it it was amazing
We all know that I like reading kids books.

I don't have kids, I will never have kids, and yet - I'm in love with children's literature.

I believe there are three things that make a kids book with buying and reading - even if you're 32.

Contrary to popular belief, and my 5 star rating of most everything Emlyn Chand, one of those reasons is not to be the illustrious Chand.

1. The book must be entertaining to both the adults AND children who will read the book.

2. The book should teach, or at the very
Nov 30, 2012 Becca rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Bird Brain series by Emlyn and just like every other book there, it tells a story with an important lesson. This book is perfect for the age group of K-3rd grade, and just right for first timers who want to read on their own. The pace rolls smoothly along and the illustrations are colorful and spring off the page. I read this book with my 9 year old, and he loved it.

When Tommy discovers a group of children Trick or Treating he turns to his friend Michael, the curio
Alicia Marietta
Jan 31, 2013 Alicia Marietta rated it it was amazing

Here we are with another great book from Emlyn Chand's Bird Brain series. As with all of Emyln's books there is a lesson to be learned, and unfortunately for Tommy, he had to learn the hard way - with a MAJOR stomach ache!!

I realize we are in the dead of winter, and still have SEVERAL months before Halloween but it is one of Yang's favorit
Naila Moon
Jan 12, 2013 Naila Moon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with children, grandparents, schools...anyone who has a child in their life.
Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating by Emlyn Chand and pictures by Noelle Griffin, is a cute children's tale about about Tommy the woodpecker who likes to observe human behavior from his perch in a tree. Tommy observes on one special day the little humans are not looking like little humans at all because they are dressed up in costumes.

His curiosity begins to ensue just as he meets Michael the raccoon that explains the humans are trick-or-treating. This conversation soon sparks a humorous adventure whe
Nov 26, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-fire
This Bird Brain Book was adorable! The illustrations were done beautifully. The book started out with a woodpecker and a racoon. While trying to figure out the correct way to score candy they realized the only way to do this successfully was by stealing. When they finished stealing from the adults they started stealing from the children. Boy did they pay the price. They ate way too much candy and started feeling sick. While sick, they understood that that they did the wrong thing. They learned t ...more
Ikelia 'Bookoholic Anom' Francis
Such a cute story that has a lesson in it for everyone of any age.

Tommy (a woodpecker) likes to watch the humans in their everyday lives from up above. However, one day he realizes the human boys and girls are not acting as they normally would; the kids are dressed up and going from door to door asking for candy. Michael (a raccoon), fills Tommy in on this very human tradition of Halloween. They both decide they want to join in on the festivity. During their adventurous, yet a bit of a mischievo
Jamie White
Nov 29, 2012 Jamie White rated it it was amazing
Emlyn Chand is back with another installment of her "Bird Brain Books". This children's series features feathered main characters who go on fun adventures and learn some lessons along the way. This time, Chand tackled one of the most anticipated holidays for children: Halloween.

Tommy the woodpecker and his friend Micheal, a raccoon, see all the children having fun and decide that they want to get in on the action as well. With Micheal's help, Tommy comes up with the perfect costume and they set
Ruth Hill
Jan 21, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, 2013-reads
Nothing like a good detective story, and there are often books with a bit of mystery are not available for this age reader. Emlyn Chand does a great job of keeping the reader in suspense, and at the end, truth is paramount. Children will again learn incredible values, and they will find themselves wrapped up in the mystery. My daughter would have loved this book, and I wish I had found it when she was a little bit younger. The story is one that parents and children will definitely enjoy together ...more
C.p. Bialois
Nov 29, 2012 C.p. Bialois rated it it was amazing
Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating takes a pair of animal friends, Michael the raccoon and Tommy the woodpecker, as they want to partake in the Halloween festivities. In the process, they become greedy and take all of the candy they find. When they suffer a stomach ache from overindulgence, the pair realized their mistake and hurried to give the candy back.

I agree with other reviewers that these books should be mandatory reading in schools as they teach lessons important for society, but in a way that
Barbara Ann
Oct 19, 2014 Barbara Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story revolves around two animal friends, a woodpecker named Tommy and his raccoon friend, Michael. Both enjoy watching humans for amusement. One day Tommy notices something strange; all the children are dressing in weird costumes and knocking on neighbors’ doors asking for candy. Michael tells Woody that this is the custom on Halloween.

Woody is jealous; he wants some of his own candy. So he enlists Michael to go trick or treating with him. At first they are unsuccessful, until they figure out t
Oct 26, 2015 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tommy Goes Trick-Or-Treating is a cute story about a woodpecker who discovers the wonders of Halloween when his friend Michael explains it to him. Deciding he wants to join the fun, Tommy goes with Michael to see if he can get some candy like the kids do. When nothing the pair does gets them the treats they think they deserve, they take matters into their own hands. But the pair soon realize that candy isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The moral of the story is a good one, although I did think, in
Melissa Storm
The latest Bird Brain Book is coming out next week. This one's about Halloween and the importance of sharing/ playing nice/ not eating candy until you barf. I even have a brand-spanking new illustrator, and she is totally awesome!
Paula Ratcliffe
Dec 01, 2012 Paula Ratcliffe rated it it was amazing
what a great story read my review here:
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Jul 15, 2014 kristine zip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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M. Sembera
Feb 11, 2013 M. Sembera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a cute story with a nice moral at the end. Best part was my daughter(7) liked it!
Julie Barrett
Aug 31, 2014 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating (Bird Brain Books Book 4)
Children's colorful story about Tommy who is a bird and how he observes the humans in the neighborhood as they go out for trick or treating on Halloween.
He is able to talk to other animals and finds out it is a special night. from the humans just being ordinary girls and boys.
They find out the codeword to get candy and then realize they have to wear a costume.
They have a plan and get tons of candy then eat it. all of it.....
Bonuses at the en
Mar 02, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tommy goes Trick or Treating was another fantastic book in the bird brained series. These books are so wonderful and teach children such valuable lessons. This one left me a little confused with the ending, however. It just seemed very abrupt. I love these books and can't wait to read more!

Tommy witnesses some very strange happenings with the humans around town. They're all dressed funny and getting candy. When his friend Michael, the racoon, explains that it's Halloween, they decide they want
Jun 23, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter is 4 and we have read Tommy Goes Tick-or-Treading over and over and over again. She loves both the story and the unique illustrations.

As the parent, I love that this is a fun book to read to my daughter. This is a more advanced 3 - 6 year old story in that it is a little longer and more complex than many of the books we read. This provides a great opportunity to talk through the story and illustrations with her as she asks the inevitable "Why" questions. I could see her puzzling thro
Redheather Book Review
Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating follows a curious woodpecker and raccoon, Tommy and Michael, on Halloween.

This book has endearing illustrations using fun Halloween colors throughout.

From up in the trees they see children out and about going from house to house collecting candy, and want to figure out how they can get in on this action.

Tommy and Michael start off innocently enough, trying various methods of putting together the puzzle that is Halloween in an attempt to get candy from people at home
Jul 07, 2015 Charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tommy the woodpecker and Michael the racoon are fascinated by the phenomenon of Halloween. The little humans are all dressed up strangely and are going to each house.

Tommy and Michael want in on the Halloween action, but their first attempts don’t work out so well. They come up with a plan: they have to get in costume too!

The pair fashion a great system for Tommy to knock on the door with his beak and Michael snatches the candy and runs away. They hid their loot under a bush.

Eventually they get
Roxanne Alvarez
Sep 30, 2014 Roxanne Alvarez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute funny book

As an adult I don't read children's books but this one was free and the cute picture caught my attention. I read the book and I loved I. It has a good moral of the story at the end as with most children's books. It kept me entertained and I feel in love with the 2 characters, they were hilarious and kept me laughing!
Jessica Mitchell
A cute little story of how a woodpecker and a raccoon learn that Halloween isn't for them.
Tommy is a woodpecker who lives at the edge of the forest looking over a human town. He sees strange things going on when he peeks at the town. His little sidekick in this adventure is Michael a raccoon.
Penelope Bartotto
Jun 26, 2013 Penelope Bartotto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit this is the only Bird Brain book that was not a favorite of mine. The moral of the story was spot on, but it was just the way the story came off that was off-putting to me. So I tested it on some of my young friends and found they did not quite get the point, as it took too long to get there. Don't get me wrong this is part of a series that is very good, this is just not one of my favorite stories. All together though, it matches the theme of the series, has the same good story flow ...more
Evelyn Nathalia
Nov 03, 2015 Evelyn Nathalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the illustration so much. It will truly helps the children to understand the flow of the story and to portray Tommy and Mickey costumes.
The lesson in this book is to decide between right and wrong. This tale teaches about Halloween is not all about candy, it's about sharing too.

The book idea is really awesome.
Amy Palmer
May 07, 2015 Amy Palmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute book for young readers about friends Michael the raccoon and Tommy the Woodpecker. They decide to try trick or treating, but after stealing all the candy in the neighborhood they end up with tummy aches and guilty hearts.
Nov 02, 2014 Ericka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really well written with the animals working together, learning a lesson, and then acting on that lesson. The drawings are also well executed. This book would work well for my 3rd grader to read for himself, especially now in October.
Nov 03, 2015 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tommy goes trick or treating. Tommy the woodpecker loves to sit in the tree and watch the little humans when they are out of their houses. One day they come out and they look and talk different,"argggh ,I'm a pirate" said one little human," I am a princes" said the other. Then his friend Michael the raccoon comes and explains that it is Halloween today and what happens. They both decide to go trick or treating to get candy for themselves,but things don't always go as planned,and this is one of ...more
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Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. She used to write under the pseudonym Emlyn Chand, but finally had the confidence to come out as herself to the world. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa'sway of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

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