As the mother of an active eight year old boy who would rather play video games or baseball then sit down and read a book, I am always on the look-out for a book that not only captures his attention but that teaches him something as well. Now that he is in the third grade he has to read each night as part of his homework, so this has become that much more important. Combine this with my deep hope that he will become a voracious reader like me someday and you can get an idea of my continuous search for those perfect books we can enjoy together and that will keep pushing him to read more. While I don’t believe It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green! necessarily hit all of these points it was a funny, enjoyable read for both of us.
It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green! follows A.J. and his group of friends as they set out to get as much candy as possible to sustain them through the year as well as survive the Halloween Monster that seems set to steal all of their candy. My son enjoyed the over exaggeration of the characters (“After a few million hundred candy bars, my stomach was starting to feel a little funny”) and the silly costumes (one boy is dressed as the underwerewolf and goes around in just his underwear) and I enjoyed the fact that he learned the meaning of some new words and phrases, such as incognito and figment of your imagination. The reading level was slightly easier than other books we have been tackling lately but still advanced enough that he wasn’t bored and needed my assistance from time to time with the pronunciation of words.
While we both enjoyed the story I think my son’s favorite part was the bonus content at the end of the book. The bonus content included fun Halloween facts (my son had endless fun quizzing my husband and I on these silly facts) , a word search, puzzles and more and he seemed to spend more time on the activities then going back and reading the story.
It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green! has found a place on my son’s reading shelf and, while I don’t see him picking it up to read over and over again, I do see him pulling this one out around this time of year to go trick or treating with A.J. and his friends again and quite possibly looking to read other books in this My Weird School series.
Colleen lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, son, their dog Oliver and their fish Finn. When not working or taking care of her family she has her nose stuck in a book (and, let’s face it, often when she is working or taking care of her family as well). Nothing excites her more than discovering a new author to obsess over or a hidden jewel of a book to worship.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.