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Reviewed by Jacob R LaMar for Readers' Favorite
Grandma’s Halloween Stories by Joan Tenner and Jesus Lopez is a collection of Halloween tales that a grandmother tells her grandchildren each year for the holiday. On the dedication page Tenner dedicates this story to her grandchildren and they, in turn, dedicate it to their children. The book consists of 8 multi-page poems about several different creatures from witches and warlocks to bats, cats, and trolls. Each story/poem is labeled with a title as well as the year it was shared, starting in 1989 and ending in 1996. The author's writing has a consistent rhyme to it and the pages are well illuminated with Lopez’s illustrations. In the back of the book, there is a well-formatted author and illustrator bio.
Joan Tenner has demonstrated her love of poetry and family with Grandma’s Halloween Stories. From the dedication page to the writing itself, it is apparent how much her writing is connected to her kids and grandkids and, as a reader, I appreciated seeing that. The verse is well written throughout with its consistent rhyme scheme that feels very organic. The plots of each passage are creative and evenly paced to drive each story onward. I found Grandma’s Halloween Stories very entertaining for its writing and illustrations. I would recommend this book to anyone for its well-written, well-illustrated, and family-oriented content and if I’m being honest, I’m secretly hoping this grandma tells stories on other holidays too.