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review 2017-10-10 03:03
Part good, part meh
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

A fantasy romp through a narrow selection of death-cellebrating traditions. 12ish feels like the target audience aim.

 

I saw somewhere being said this is to Halloween what a Christmass Charol is to Yule. Well...

 

While I really liked some passages here and there (specially all those Oh, so grim rhymes), it was altogether too hazy and weird for me. I can enjoy weird, but this time I just kept loosing the thread in the story. Charol is still better.

 

 

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text 2017-10-09 20:01
Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 149 pages.
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

This part about witches, the marching of religions and the oblique references to the Inquisition are high on social commentary and dark humor.

 

Until whole continents, hellbent
Named ‘witches’ of the Innocent,
And did conspire
To burn old women, babes, and virgins in a fire.”

“All Europe was a cloud of witches’ smoke.
Their judges often bound and burnt with them
For what? A joke!

“Through all of Germany and France,
Ten thousand so-called evil witches
Hung to kick their final antic dance
No village but what shared a dread uproar
As each side named the other for a devil’s pig,
Old Satan’s sow, the Demon’s maddened boar.”

 

“Until: ‘all men are spoiled with guilt!
All sin, all lie!’
So, what to do?
Why, everyone must die!” 

 

 

 

“Anyone want to be a witch?” asked Moundshroud, at last.

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review 2016-11-08 05:10
Rezension | The Halloween Tree von Ray Bradbury
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

Beschreibung

 

Am Halloween Abend treffen sich acht kostümierte Jungs um mit ihrem besten Freund Pipkin um die Häuser zu ziehen. Vor einem Spukhaus begegnen sie dem großen und leichenhaften Mr. Moundshroud. Als Pipkin zu seinen Freunden aufschließen möchte, um sich von Mr. Moundshroud in die Geheimnisse Halloweens einführen zu lassen, wird er von einem dunklen Etwas fortgeschwemmt.

 

Mr. Moundshroud führt die Jungen zu einem Drachen, mit dem sie durch Zeit und Raum fliegen um in der Vergangenheit nach ihrem verschwundenen Freun Pipkin zu suchen und die Bedeutung Halloweens kennen zu lernen.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Bereits letztes Jahr habe ich mir diese schöne Ausgabe Ray Bradbury’s „The Halloween Tree“ gegönnt. Nun bin ich, im Rahmen einer Halloween Lesenacht, endlich zum lesen und bestaunen der schönen Illustrationen gekommen!

 

Die Geschichte eignet sich super für einen schönen Herbstabend und lässt sich am besten in Begleitung einer Tasse Tee lesen. Schnell bin ich in die bunte und schaurige Welt Halloweens eingetaucht, und habe die Jungs und Mr. Moundshroud auf ihrer spannenden Reise durch die Zeit und die Geschichte Halloweens begleitet.

 

Dabei unterstützen die schönen Illustrationen von Gris Gimly die eigene Fantasie. Egal ob man das alte Ägypten, die Zeit der Höhlenmenschen oder die Katakomben in Mexiko besucht, die ganze Geschichte wird von schwarz-weißen sowie bunten Zeichnungen untermalt.

 

„The Halloween Tree“ ist eine wunderschöne, leicht gruselige, Geschichte an der Kinder sowie Erwachsene ihren Spaß haben. Leider war das ganze etwas kurz geraten, und ich hätte mir mehrfach gewünscht, dass Ray Bradbury in die jeweiligen Abschnitte etwas tiefer eingeht. Ich vergebe 4 von 5 Grinsekatzen.

 

Über den Autor

 

Ray Bradbury wurde am 22. August 1920 in Illinois geboren und verstarb am 5. Juni 2012 in Los Angeles.


Schon nochseinem High School Abschluss veröffentlichte er seine erste Erzählung in einer Zeitschrift und da sich seine Kurzgeschichten als erfolgreich entpuppten began Ray Bradbury als freier Schriftsteller zu arbeiten.

 

Fazit

 

Eine kurzweiliges Halloween-Abenteuer für Groß und Klein mit hübschen Illustrationen.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-the-halloween-tree-von-ray-bradbury
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review 2016-10-31 13:30
Short Review: The Halloween Tree
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

The Halloween Tree

by Ray Bradbury

 

 

On Halloween night, eight trick-or-treaters gather at the haunted house by the edge of town, ready for adventure.  But when Something whisks their friend Pip away, only one man can help the boys find him.  Join the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud as he takes them on an unforgettable journey through space and time, deep into the mysteries of this spookiest of all nights.

Can the boys save Pip before it's too late?



First of all, it wasn't until about five chapters into the book that I realized that the name of the mysterious, scary big dude was "Moundshroud."  As I was reading the book, I kept reading the name as "Moonshroud," because "Moundshroud" just felt like a mouthful.  After that, the hardest part about reading this book was stumbling over Moundshroud's name... so I might have mentally switched back to the initial name I was mistakenly using.

Anyway... Moving right along...

So apparently The Halloween Tree is the A Christmas Carol of the Halloween season.  Sort of.  It's a fantastical and ghostly adventure guided by strange Moundshroud that gives the readers and eight young boys a Reader's Digest history of the Halloween festivities starting from Egypt to England to Mexico, all while trying to find and save the boys' ninth friend, Pipkin, the Wonder Boy.  The history lessons cover Osiris, Samhain, Grecian festivities, and even Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

It's a very fast-paced, interesting adventure, and though I'm a little sheepish to admit that I got lost during some of the story, in truth, my mind totally wandered at some points.  I'm almost wanting to say that the book was so fast-paced that I couldn't keep up with it very well.

Still, it's a fun adventure, well-written, really, and something that I think many children would enjoy reading as part of the Halloween season.

Myself... it really wasn't my cuppa, unfortunately.


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2016 Reading Challenges:
Goodreads Reading Challenge
BookLikes Reading Challenge
Bookish Resolutions Challenge
2016 Halloween Bingo

 

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/10/short-review-halloween-tree.html
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text 2016-10-02 03:04
A fun read with a bit of history.
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

 

8 boys learn a bit about the history of their favorite holiday, Halloween, while on a quest to save their friend Pipkin.

 

The giant tree festooned with jack 'o lanterns made me think of the huge walnut I have in the front yard.

Very creepy looking when it loses it's leaves.

 

If you haven't filled your Halloween square yet this one is perfect.

 

 

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