Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Halloween TreeThe Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state. There wasn't so much wilderness around you couldn't see the town. But on the other hand there wasn't so much town you couldn't see and feel and touch and smell the wilderness. The town was full of trees. And dry grass and dead flowers now that autumn was here. And full of fences to walk on and sidewalks to skate on and a large ravine to tumble in and yell across. And the town was full of...

And it was the afternoon of Halloween.
And all the houses shut against a cool wind.
And the town was full of cold sunlight.
But suddenly, the day was gone.
Night came out from under each tree and spread.
Scott (from A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast) loves this book and never fails to bring it up around Halloween. I happened to have an Audible credit coming up and figured it is always good to come up to Halloween with Ray Bradbury. Bronson Pinchot's narration is simply wonderful.

The story, which is highly reminiscent of A Christmas Carol, is an enchanting tour of Halloween history and how it is represented in the way we celebrate the holiday ... done Bradbury style with lovely prose as a gang of neighborhood boys strike out into adventure to help an ailing friend.

It is written for younger readers but is equally enchanting for those of us who are merely young at heart.

This is going on my Best of 2013 list.


  1. I'm glad I happened upon this today! I have a book club for both of my kids. (They are homeschooled.) This would be a great book for next October!

    1. Aimee, Are you using this book this year? A friend and I just started a book club and we are thinking of using this book for October. I'm trying to find some discussion questions for the group. Have you found any? Or do you write your own? This will only be our second month so we are still pretty new.

  2. Please contact Aimee at her own site (click her name in her comment above to find her blog). She does not post here and probably will not see your question. Thanks! :-)