Hiccup's Haunted Halloween Hunt

A Seek & Find It Book For Ages 3 - 5

Children - Preschool
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/19/2023
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Reviewed by Laura Imaz for Readers' Favorite

Hiccup's Haunted Halloween Hunt: A Seek and Find It Book For Ages 3 - 5 by Dave W. Ball is an interesting story about Count Hiccup's Halloween exploits. This delightful character will take readers on an extraordinary adventure of mischief and intrigue with a witch, a skeleton, a mummy, and many more. Is there a more entertaining exercise than finding four mystical artifacts hidden for young readers to discover on each page? The tiny Sherlocks will have to test themselves against everything from cute animals to terrifying mummies and eye-catching skulls. Furthermore, the truly unique illustrations provide an unrivaled experience for everyone.

Hiccup's Haunted Halloween Hunt is more than just a picture book. It allows young children to become tiny detectives in a quest for hidden objects. I like both the inventiveness and the entertainment that this colorful book provides. The interactive activities on each page will ensure that young readers enjoy the exploration and have a great time. Dave W. Ball does an excellent job of mixing funny lines and enticing rhymes while also providing a wide range of objects and animals to find. I also fell in love with the details and color palette on each page since they made the game even more enjoyable and entertaining. They even made the spooky season theme appealing. I would strongly recommend this book for both adults and children, especially if they can enjoy it together. I don't think there's a finer book to start reading when October and its eerie and witchy vibes kick in.

Kathy Golden

Hiccup's Haunted Halloween Hunt: A Seek and Find It Book for Ages 3 – 5 by Dave W. Ball is such a wonderful and adventuresome activity book for young readers. The bold and brilliant colors and all the wonderful expressions on the faces of the characters draw you right into this story. Hiccup the Witch takes you into all the busy and just a little spooky places where you can look around at all the Halloween guests and decorations so bright and brilliant that every page feels like its own personal party scene. It’s like going from room to room at a Halloween festival and being entertained and amused by all the various ghosts and witches you meet. There are other Halloween characters as well, which you’ll discover for yourself.

Thank you, Dave W. Ball, for Hiccup's Haunted Halloween Hunt. I’ve saved mentioning the best for last, and that’s the fact that on practically every page there’s a seek-and-find activity that young children will love to play. I enjoyed attempting each of these myself, especially since I was able to complete each one. I found this story to be the perfect and entertaining Halloween adventure for young children who are exploring and developing their skills for playing these kinds of activity games and who are learning about how all the creatures, the broomsticks and candles, and pumpkins and everything can all come together to make this holiday a time of lighthearted fun. The wonderful illustrations by Design Pickle enhance the reading experience.

Philip Van Heusen

Halloween is almost here and just in time since Dave W. Ball has released his new book, Hiccup’s Haunted Halloween Hunt: A Seek and Find It Book for Ages 3-5. This well-illustrated book will offer a ton of fun for your child. Each page has several items for your child to find among spooky things; after all, it is about Halloween. Young readers will be thrilled by the hunt for ghosts, witch hats, candles, bats, and so much more. While some of the items could be scary, they are drawn in a friendly manner so most children will laugh instead of being afraid. The twenty illustrations include a rhyming couplet, then the names of the items to find, how many to find, and a picture of what the child is to find.

Most children love dressing up for Halloween and Hiccup’s Haunted Halloween Hunt will add to the fun. Allow your child to dress up and then spend time with them reading the rhymes and finding the hidden objects. Dave W. Ball intends this book to provide a great and fun bonding time for children and their parents. Another use of this book is to help children learn the difference between reality and fantasy. While you teach your children about bats, you can also teach them that Dracula is not real and they do not need to fear him. Encourage your children to use their imaginations but also to remember what is real and what is not. Dave’s book will bring lots of enjoyment to your children as well as to you as you spend time with them.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Hiccup is all kinds of creatures on Halloween. He’s a witch intent on brewing a magical concoction, a mummy being unraveled from his bandaged state lying in a sealed sarcophagus, he’s a ghost on the hunt and so much more. In Dave W. Ball’s Hiccup’s Haunted Halloween Hunt, imagination is the key, and the learning games have only just begun. Follow Hiccup’s journey through the eerie and scary possibilities, build your confidence and learn number skills, all with the wonder of the spookiest time of year. Each page is filled with a game of discovery. Hiccup as a vampire in a haunted graveyard challenges young readers to find “4 eerie items: 4 Jack O’Lanterns, 3 Ghosts, 3 Tombstones, and 1 Bay.” It’s a number game full of magic.

Dave W. Ball’s picture book story, Hiccup’s Haunted Halloween Hunt, is a Seek & Find It Book for Ages 3 to 5. Told partially in rhyming verse and accompanied by spectacular pictures, this book is engaging, fun, and educational. The plot follows Hiccup’s journey through the realms of ghoulish and frightening characters, all in the spirit of Halloween and the dress-up games young people love to play when trick or treating. Apart from the obvious number-learning skills being enhanced, this book aims to improve the observational skills of young readers by helping them focus on key clues. When young readers perfect their finding skills, they feel a sense of accomplishment which boosts their self-esteem. There’s so much packed into this little gem of a book.

Pikasho Deka

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable Halloween and treat yourself to something that's bound to delight you even more than candies -- an adventure unlike any other with Hiccup's Haunted Halloween Hunt by Dave W. Ball. In this lively picture book, you're an active participant as you search for items with Hiccup, your friend, with whom you will locate candles, witch hats, broomsticks, jack-o'lanterns, voodoo dolls, and much more. It isn't just the typical Halloween candy you will be after, as there are crows, reaper scythes, and bats to test your curious mind and deduction skills. You will also get to meet pirates, ghosts, and sphynx cats; of course, only if you manage to find them. So what are you waiting for? Begin your search now!

Join Hiccup and treat yourself to the best Halloween ever with a glorious adventure in Hiccup's Haunted Halloween Hunt. Author Dave W. Ball has brought the perfect book for preschoolers to engage with this Halloween. With a flawless combination of rhymes and colorful artwork, Ball gifts kids and parents just the book to spend time with on Halloween. As your children are active participants in the story, they will have to employ their critical thinking and deduction skills, which, in turn, will help their young minds develop problem-solving and curiosity. The book is further enhanced aesthetically by some really creative and bright illustrations by Design Pickle that make the characters shine and give readers another reason to become even more immersed in the pages. So grab a copy and treat yourself and your children to an absorbing Halloween hunt!