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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Halloween at Luke’s is a children’s picture book celebrating traditional Halloween festivities like decorating and trick or treating. The main characters Tom and Lyda Luke decorate their home for Halloween and are surprised when visitors arrive at lunchtime. Author Priya Pasumarthy tells the story of the two bears that decorate their house with skulls and other traditional Halloween decorations. They carve pumpkins, hang up scary decorations, and get the candy ready for the big night. During lunch hour their friends start showing up and surprising the bears. A cat, fox, duck, mouse, and more animals want to take part in the annual fall activity of dressing up and trick or treating in the neighborhood. When the friends get together, the excitement and noise levels increase and they have a wonderful time.
The illustrations in Halloween at Luke’s are very beautiful with all the gradients and fall colors. They look spooky and are very well drawn. I think the adorable bears, cat, fox, and other animals will invite young children to open the book and read the story. This story proves that dreams can come true. Lyda dreamed that some of her friends would surprise her and show up for Halloween—and they did! Author Priya Pasumarthy has created a simple story demonstrating how several different species of animals can get together for a day and create fun memories. Children will enjoy learning how others celebrate fall activity. They will also like the cute, cuddly animals. Parents and caregivers can add some counting activity after reading the story, such as how many bats or ghosts do you see in the photo on page 39? How many foxes do you see in the photo?