________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 4 . . . . October 13, 2006

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Omar’s Halloween.

Maryann Kovalski.
Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2006.
32 pp., cloth, $19.95.
ISBN 1-55041-559-X.

Subject Heading:
Halloween-Fiction.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 2-6.

Review by Kallie George.

**** /4

excerpt:

On the afternoon of Halloween, the street was quiet. Everyone was inside getting dressed up. Some jack-o’-lanterns were already lit. Behind every door, treats were piled high. Everyone was ready for the big night…except Omar.

 

Omar is in trouble once again!

     Halloween is coming up, and lovable Omar, star of Omar on Ice and Omar on Board, faces a terrible dilemma. It’s a dilemma familiar to many children. What should he wear for Halloween night? More than anything, he wants his costume to be frightening. At first, he wants to be a spider. But, when he realizes how helpful spiders are, he rejects that idea. A helpful animal is not a scary one, Omar decides.

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     He ends up as a ghost and begins what he considers to be the worst Halloween of his life. At every house, he’s greeted the same way: “Oh look! Another cute ghost!” When it starts to downpour, Omar trips on his sheets and falls behind his friends. However, as Omar hurries through the mud and bush to catch up, branches snag him as he goes, a situation which results in his ghost costume being transformed into something truly frightening.

     Maryann Kovalski, who wrote and illustrated this text, is best known for her artwork. She has illustrated many well-received pictures and works in multi-media – including watercolor paints and pencils.

     The colorful pictures of Omar’s Halloween are done in warm tones which highlight the autumn mood. The pictures are varied in layout and size, some full page, others half a page, and some small pictures spotted throughout a page to illustrate movement.

     Overall, Omar’s Halloween is an excellent holiday book with a universal message that reminds children to never despair as even the worst days can turn out to be the best.

Highly Recommended.

Kallie George is currently completing her Masters of Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia.

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