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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, the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, can help the boys find him. "If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mystery history trip. You couldn't ask for better than master fantasizer Ray Bradbury," raves The Boston Globe.

© 1972, 2000  Ray Bradbury (P) 2017 Recorded Books 

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Great, Fun Read!

I Love Ray Bradbury and love Kirby Heyborne, so this was a no brainer to pick up. I wish would have read this when I was a child, I probably would have appreciated it more, but it was still good nonetheless.

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Such a TREAT🎃

What a wonderful and interesting tale perfect for the Halloween 👻 season! Child friendly and child at heart friendly too!

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This childhood favorite is so much more now!

I was a voracious reader in grade school. For a few years in a row, I would check this book out of my local library and read it around Halloween. I loved it, but I haven't read it in decades.

Now, I'm fifty one years old, and I'm amazed at how little I understood of what I was reading. As a child, I loved the dark adventure of it. I understood the ending, but like the rest of the book, it wasn't a complete understanding.

I am so glad that I had at least one more chance to read The Halloween Tree, because at fifty one, I wonder how many more chances I will get!

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I truly love Ray Bradbury

I've always enjoyed Ray Bradbury's work.

This one in particular helped fuel my interest in what made Halloween, Halloween.

The only complaint I have is the... misunderstanding of some of the mythologies and history and religions it talks about. I know, I know, it's a fantasy book... it doesn't have to get it perfectly right. Liberties will always be taken. And back when the book was written... I'm pretty sure he did the best he could with the available knowledge to weave together things that often SEEM different but aren't.

It might be a petty complaint, but if no one chooses to read further in the histories and beliefs The Halloween Tree depicts... they're missing out.

The book is a glorious jumping off place to delve into world mythologies. I just recommend that you also stretch beyond this book to get a fuller understanding.

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All you need for Halloween!

I was only familiar with the cartoon since I was younger but loved it so much! Reading the book now at 32 I’m deeply in love with it, THIS IS HALLOWEEN!

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wonderful listen

very well done. keeps you listening the whole way through. my son and I loved it.

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Great Halloween book

I forgot how much I loved this story! I totally recommend it for anyone who loves Halloween!!

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Meh.....

I think overall, Bradbury was trying to give homage to Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", but this isn't Bradbury's strongest writing form, to say the least. There were a few parts I liked: The tension-filled unwrapping of the mummy Moundshroud, only to end it with the equivalent of him saying "Phew! Thanks for that!" :) But overall, I struggled to get through this one. Were he still alive, I'd tell him to stick to Martians.....

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A True Classic

I've read this book every year for Halloween ever since I first read it in middle school. It's good to finally have an audio version because hearing a good Halloween story is better than reading one.

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Great quickie

Great, quick, Bradbury, especially for this season (review written in Fall). The voices are perfect for the characters, just scary enough for kids.