“Suddenly the day was gone, night came out from under each tree and spread.”
― Ray Bradbury,
Any time of the year is a good time to read some Bradbury! One of the many Godfathers of Scifi and Fantasy has done it again with his ghoulishly fantastic children’s novel.
All Tom Skelton wants is for him and his friends to have a good fright on Halloween. However, things begin to get strange when the coolest boy of the bunch, Pip, seems to be sick. Pip gives the boys directions to the creepy house on the edges of town, and claims he’ll meet them there soon.
Little do the gang of boys know as they meet the mysterious keeper of the dark house–and witness the thousands of jack-o-lanterns light up in the Halloween tree–that they are about to head out on a journey containing a history lesson that holds Pip’s fate in the balance.
Needless to say this book was written beautifully. Bradbury’s silky, poetic voice carries over into the children’s genre magnificently, and creates a wonderful read for people of any age. And you just might learn a few things about Halloween history as well.