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



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.




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

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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.


2016 Reading Challenges:
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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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review 2016-09-25 13:22
The Halloween Tree
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

An eerie tale of Halloween in which a group of kids are guided (or is it lured?) by the sinister Mr. Moundshroud on a journey through time.


I'm not sure what was creepier, the descriptions of Mr. Moundshroud or the fact that the children followed him with little hesitation. However, once the journey started it was a pleasure to see where Bradbury would take us.

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text 2016-08-28 16:54
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie
Dark Harvest - Norman Partridge
Trick or Treat - Richie Tankersley Cusick


Today's topic is "Set on Halloween". I had a lot of fun with this one and it took a lot for me to not set aside a bunch of books right now. After the bingo I think I am going to be up to my eyes in books. 




I think that this actually ended up being the hardest square for me to fill, which really surprised me! I thought it would be easy-peasy to find books partially set/related to Halloween, but, it's turned out to be much more difficult than I expected. Here are some suggestions:

1. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury: this novella-length work is set on Halloween. It is available on audio, and has received really good reviews! As an aside, Bradbury has two other books that will work for this square: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town #2) (which is set a few days before Halloween, but is close enough as far as I am concerned, as this is the one I am planning to read) and The October Country

(short stories set during the festive Halloween season).

2. Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #36) by Agatha Christie: I am actually reading this one for my pumpkin square, but it will work here as well!

3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. This one will work for multiple squares as well, including set in New England. I will be listening to this one on audio.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1 by J.K. Rowling. "Troll in the Dungeon. Thought you ought to know." At least the first two or three Harry Potter's specifically mention Halloween at Hogwarts. So, if you are a fan of The Boy Who Lived, and just can't fill this square, there's always Harry!

I am pretty sure that there are probably cozy mysteries/romance novels in which Halloween makes an appearance, but I don't have them identified! If you do, comment below and tell us!






I love Halloween. Maybe because I was not allowed to ever partake in the festivities as a kid. But I love something about being out at night on what is supposed to be the darkest day of the year.

I love Halloween because all of the movies on Lifetime that are so cheesy but are my secret guilty pleasures.

I love Halloween because though I will complain, I do love dressing up in a costume.

I love Halloween because watching scary movies for that whole month with friends is fun. And heck, I love watching them alone too.

I love the dark nights, the moon, listening to the wind and imagining myself in some castle on a moor somewhere.

Here are my three picks:

1. Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. I have never read him before but am very excited to start this book. It sounds right up my alley. And for those still looking for a pumpkin square this book cover has a pumpkin.

2. Trick or Treat (Point Horror) by Richie Tankersley Cusick. One of the writers who got me started on reading horror as a kid. I loved this book when it came out in 1989. It also fits the Young Adult horror square. And you can use it for the Genre: Mystery, Genre: Horror, and there is even a cemetery I think that makes an appearance in this one so you got your grave or graveyard square too.

3. Johnny Halloween: Tales of the Dark Season by Norman Partridge. I dithered between my first pick and this one for my Halloween square book but ultimately got the first one instead.


Here are some more books that not only fit the Halloween square, but also young adult as well. 


4. Halloween Night (Point Horror) by R.L. Stine. Brenda hates her cousin Halley. And Brenda isn't the only one. Because Halley keeps stealing other people's boyfriends. So Brenda and her friends decide to plan the perfect murder. Something to go along with Brenda's perfect Halloween party.


5. Halloween Night II (Point Horror) by R. L. Stine.  The chilling sequel to Stine's bestselling Halloween Night.


And here are some more Halloween books just because.


6. October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween by Richard Chizmar (editor). Classic novellas, never-before-published stories, essays on the history, literature, and films of Halloween, and real-life memories of October 31st-from today's best practitioners of fear: Dean Koontz, Peter Straub and others. 


7. A Catered Halloween (A Mystery with Recipes #5) by Isis Crawford. Sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons are thrilled they've been asked to cater a haunted house fundraiser. But they soon discover that ghosts aren't the only unwanted guests when a murderer strikes...



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Other posts in the series:


Magical Realism


Locked Room Mystery


Diverse Authors

Fall Into A Good Book

Dark and Stormy Night


Stay tuned tomorrow for "Pumpkin!"


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