The Halloween Tree
On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on a journey into the past by the mysterious "spirit" Moundshroud. From ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of Halloween.
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And that's a rather large 'BUT.'
But, with The Halloween Tree he did manage to pull off the gorgeous poetic prose, the grand imagery, while telling a wonderful story. I don't use the word 'wonderful' often in a serious manner, but he ...more
see, knopf was interested in a straight-up juvenile book. bradbury wanted to write "a book for children of all ages." so, when the first knopf edition was published in 1972, there were a ton of cuts, largely to bradbury's wonderful descriptive passages.
also included are a ton of supplemental materials, including ...more
I enjoyed this fanciful tale even though it wasn't a bit scary. In fact, I would categorize this as more of a dark fantasy, though labels are just labels, in the end. As was true of the 2 other Bradbury stories I'v ...more
A group of eight boys are on their way out to trick or treat on Halloween, all in different costumes – skeleton, mummy, gargoyle, etc. – an ...more
Probably written for a juvenile or young adult audience, Bradbury demonstrates his range and imagination to craft a story that is as entertaining as any of his more recognized works.
The character Moundshroud, most likely as a personificati ...more
Remember back to your days as a kid...
those days of unfettered imagination
when nothing seemed impossible?
This book took me back there for just a moment.
Bradbury spins a modern day(relatively speaking) fairy tale with a focal point of eight friends who gather for Halloween. While an undercurrent of adolescent loss tugs at the edge of your awareness, the author takes us on a trip through the death legends of a variety of world cultures.
The eight friends, after meeting with their missing nint ...more
I, too, am one of the autumn people. I’m not about to bore you with the details here, but th ...more
Για να πώ την αμαρτία μου, δεν είχα διαβάσει κανένα βιβλίο του μέχρι τώρα. Αν και δεν είναι αντιπροσωπευτικό της επιστημονικής φαντασίας με την οποία έγινε γνωστός, φανερώνει έναν καταπληκτικό αφηγητή. Η ιστορία των 8 νεαρών αγοριών, που το βράδυ του Χάλογουιν, ταξιδεύον στον χώρο και στο χρόνο, με ξεναγό τους μια γκροτέσκα, σκιαχτική φιγούρα, είναι εξαιρετικά δοσμένη,. Η φωνή του Bradb ...more
This was a pretty good read. I have only seen the animated film version of this book ...more
Such an entertaining and interesting read, I'm looking forward to reading more of his works.
This one is a little spooky and for kids (as well as me) quite an interesting story about what Halloween is.
It's fun horror and fun spooky.
Overall, I loved Ray Bradbury's writing and little poems in between, the narration added music to the story. What a lovely read!
That's a direct quote from my nine-year-old daughter.
I've read this book every year since I was seven years old. It was, as far as I can remember, my first experience with "horror" in literature, even if it's not a scary book. It's one of the main reasons I love Halloween as much as I do: the tradition, a holiday even older than Christmas, a celebration of those we've lost. It also captures the reckless, carefre ...more
La pluma de Ray Bradbury nos ofrece una narración macabra pero ingeniosa, enrtretenida y a la vez ilustrativa.
Para quienes no lo sepan, The Halloween Tree, es la historia de un grupo de niños que durante la noche del 31 de octubre emprenden un viaje a través del tiempo y del espacio, mientras observan y participan en diversas tradiciones que tienen ...more
The best part of the story is obviously the artwork. Seriously, if you have eyes you will enjoy this aspect of the book.
The meat of the story is showing the children what Halloween meant to different cultures and how it evolved into the American ...more
Opening this book is like opening a present. Originally published in 1972, publisher Alfred A. Knopf has printed a new hardcover edition. The dust-jacket is beautifully illustrated, the book is of an unusual size. Everything about it says "special."
Inside, I was not disappointed. Bradbury swept me away with his opening scene:
"It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state. There wasn't so much wil ...more
This is a lovely horror story for younger audience; a story of friendship and one Halloween night. A group of thirteen year old boys end up learning more about the holiday than they had expected while trying to catch up with their elusive friend Pipkin.
The atmosphere of the story is perfect for this t ...more
Οχτώ παιδιά βγαίνουν ντυμένα με τις στολές τους στους δρόμους της μικρής τους πόλης, για σκανδαλιά ή κέρασμα, και πέφτουν πάνω στον μυστηριώδη κύριο Μάουντσραουντ, ο οποίος με κάποιον τρόπο τα ταξ ...more
I'm going to have to put this into play every year I think, and soon I can share it with my nieces. I do love Ray Bradbury.
Also I can't stop thinking about the question posed in the book - could you give a year of your life to save someone else's at the time - and it's driving me crazy.
It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state. There wasn't so much wilderness around you couldn't see the town. But on the other hand there wasn't so much town you couldn't see and feel and touch and smell the wilderness. The town was full of trees. And dry grass and dead flowers now that autumn was here. And full of fences to walk on and sidewalks to skate on and a large ravine to tumble in and yell across. And the town was full of......more
The theme of kids dealing with, battling with, the impending death of a friend, a fellow child, was a very personal one for me.
I remember my dad giving me the book, wanting me to read it. He said he thought I would like it. I think he knew I needed it. There are m ...more
The second audio version I tried was narrated by Bronson Pinchot and was fantastic. That's right, Balki nailed it. Of course this one is all about the story, nonetheless the difference in the quality of the narration was everything.
I can see why this one is considered an October clas ...more
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Tom Skelton shivered. Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows' Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.”
night came out from under each tree and spread.”