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The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
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Nov 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, illustrated

I meant to read this a few days ago but forgot. Oh well. It would make a great annual Hallowe'en story to read though, short enough to read in an hour or so.

Bradbury takes us on a journey through the history of Halloween with 8 small boys and the town recluse. His magical, poetic and dreamlike prose is out in force, creating an atmospheric, haunting, creepy, exciting and ultimately quite moving tale. The imagery is fantastic and is complemented by the black and white illustrations scattered throughout. Once again he nails the feeling of being a young boy with a gang of friends (his collective noun of a 'perspiration of boys' is perfect), with just enough personality to carry the story.

Well worth reading at the appropriate time of the year.

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