Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Halloween TreeTitle: The Halloween Tree
Author: Ray Bradbury
Source/Format: Purchased, Paperback
More Details: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher/Publication Date: Yearling, September 7, 1999

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

"A fast-moving, eerie...tale set on Halloween night. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin's. Enhanced by appropriately haunting black-and-white drawings."--Booklist
This book was the kind of book that if I say too much then I’ll end up unintentionally spoiling it for anyone who wants to read it—partly due to the fact that it was so short.

So what should I say about book?

Well for one, The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury was a delightful, quick, and fun novel. Going into it I was looking for a festive book that fit the season—October, so obviously Halloween—and with this book I can firmly say that I got what I was after.

Next, there were eight boys out on Halloween night—ready to go trick-or-treating and have a good time—but they were missing someone, another friend. And as they try to find this friend they’re taken on an adventure through different points of time all across the world. At times it was spooky, at times it was lighthearted, and altogether it made for a good novel.

And finally, The Halloween tree was as wonderful as it was magical, especially the part that directly tied-in with the title.

At the end of the day, I’m more than happy that I gave this book a chance.

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