Bramble and Maggie Spooky Season (Candlewick Sparks) (Paperback)

Bramble and Maggie Spooky Season (Candlewick Sparks) By Jessie Haas, Alison Friend (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessie Haas, Alison Friend (Illustrator)
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“Children needn’t be horse lovers to enjoy this gentle story in which each character overcomes fears with a little help from her friend.” — Booklist

In their third adventure, Bramble and Maggie explore a new season together — fall! Leaves crunch underfoot. Acorns ping off rooftops. It all makes Bramble feel wonderfully spooky. But Bramble’s frisky-pretend-scary gait makes Maggie jumpy, and soon Bramble really is nervous. When Maggie takes a fall, will she want to get back in the saddle? And when Halloween comes, can Maggie trust Bramble to brave the tricks and lead them both safely to the treats?

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Transitioning readers enamored with horses will be happy to immerse themselves in the third title of the Bramble and Maggie series, in which Maggie and her horse learn to cope with real and imagined fears. ... Haas keeps descriptive language succinct while integrating entertaining dialogue. Friend's gouache illustrations ably depict Bramble's expressions of alarm and stubborn persistence, humorously extending the text. This well-crafted horse story explores the themes of friendship and facing fears for those getting ready to move on from early readers.
—Kirkus Reviews

Children needn’t be horse lovers to enjoy this gentle story in which each character overcomes fears with a little help from her friend. Fans of the Bramble and Maggie series will love getting to know another side of these lovable characters. As warm, affectionate, and amusing as the story, Friend’s gouache illustrations have a charm all their own. An original Halloween story for newly independent readers or for reading aloud to younger children.
—Booklist Online

Clear, lively prose and soft, expressive gouache illustrations combine for a Halloween friendship story.
—The Horn Book

Maggie and her horse, Bramble, are back in another beginning chapter book. ... Softly colored gouache illustrations illuminate expressions and follow the action from a variety of perspectives and have appropriate visual clues and generous white space for younger readers. Dialogue, Maggie’s occasional reflections, and a bit of onomatopoeia allow the narrative text to flow nicely as a trusting relationship develops between horse and rider. A solid addition for general purchase.
—School Library Journal

With pictures on every page, the book is highly accessible to newer readers but also offers somewhat of a challenge with length and vocabulary. The duo is appealing and the plot is engaging because of the humor and adventure.
—Reading Today Online

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763687434
ISBN-10: 076368743X
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Pages: 56
Language: English
Series: Candlewick Sparks