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Review: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Goodreads summaryA fast-moving, eerie tale set on Halloween night. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico…

Firstly, Happy Halloween y’all! I quite like Ray Bradbury’s writing but I found this a little boring. A lot of things I’d read about it prior to starting the book suggested it would be really informative about the origins of Halloween in different cultures but I found it all a little vague. I don’t know, I think I just expected too much from it. At the heart of it, it’s a fun, magical read about friendship but it didn’t grab me as I’d hoped.

Rating: 2 / 5 stars

Read for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt: a book about or set on Halloween.

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