Black and Bittern Was Night

byRobert HeidbrederIllustratorJohn Martz

August 1, 2013|
Black and Bittern Was Night by Robert Heidbreder
Picture Books
Earn 95 plum® points
1% of net proceeds from this book helps children in high-needs communities through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation
Buy Online
Ship to an address
Ships within 1-2 months.Free shipping on orders over $35
Pick up in store
To see if pickup is available,
Buy In Store
Not sold in stores
Prices and offers may vary in store


It''s a band of animated skeletons versus daring children in this rhyming Halloween picture book tale, told in delightful nonsense language. Here the children are "tyke-tots" and the adults "tall-bigs," while the skeletons are called "SKUL-A-MUG-MUGS." As the story begins, the SKUL-A-MUG-MUGS descend on a small, quiet town on Halloween night. "They ring-ruckled round, enclupping the town, with quake-quiver-up and scree-scrackle down." The SKUL-A-MUG-MUGS have a plan to keep the children from trick-or-treating. "We''ll brain-frizz tall-bigs.Halloween they''ll deep nix. They''ll shup-clup insidenasty Noras and Nicks!" But the children decide to take matters into their own hands. "Thrickle! and thrackle! Thinder-a-thray!SKUL-A-MUG-MUGS,we''ll splook you away!" What ensues is a fun, spirited fight to the finish, as naturally the children outwit and out-frighten the old SKUL-A-MUG-MUGS so the trick-or-treating can commence once again! In this one-of-a-kind book, award-winning author and children''s poet Robert Heidbreder has imagined an empowering story about a chaotic world where the adults are terrified and the children take over to save the day --- and the candy, of course. The silly and spooky madness is delightfully illustrated with irresistible artwork by award-winning John Martz. This is sure to be a hands-down favorite as a read-aloud --- for all ages --- during the Halloween season or anytime fun wordplay is called for. It makes a fabulous language arts introduction to rhyming poetry that will surely inspire children to create their own made-up words and stories. Separately, it can also work for social studies discussions about cultural celebrations such as Halloween that focus on images and tales of the dead.
Robert Heidbreder is an award-winning children''s poet and author. His many books include I Wished for a Unicorn, Eenie Meenie Manitoba and Drumheller Dinosaur Dance. Robert spent thirty years as a primary school teacher and, in 2002, won the Prime Minister''s Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.John ...
Title:Black and Bittern Was Night
Format:Picture Books
Product dimensions:32 pages, 10.75 X 8.25 X 0.38 in
Shipping dimensions:32 pages, 10.75 X 8.25 X 0.38 in
Published:August 1, 2013
Publisher:Kids Can Press
Appropriate for ages:4
ISBN - 13:9781554533022

Recently Viewed