Another adventurous time comes along courtesy of
Patricia Polacco. She always has stories to tell kids, and readers are always eager to see what she has to say. Moreover, she delivers animated illustrations with bright colors on every page. With another childhood memory brought to life, kids will be treated to a bit of fun when it comes time for a Picnic at Mudsock Meadow.
It is time for a raucous Halloween picnic! Every year the kids and parents of the neighborhood get together on All Hallows Eve for food, fun, and friendship. Hester and William are two of the kids there, and with so many things to do, surely it will be a fun time. But William hasn’t done too well. After the pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin seed spitting, and even the tug-o-war, he’s not too happy. To make things worse, Hester keeps bothering him about it all. Finally, William has had enough of Hester and the other kids and decides it is time to teach them a little lesson.
Everyone else is afraid of the swamp. They believe that the ghost of Titus Dinworthy lurks there. So William hops into the swamp – he’s not afraid of any ghost. And after he sloshes mud and swampy stuff all over himself, he heads off to one last contest. The costume contest! Not only will William show everyone, including Hester, that he’s good at something, he’ll also prove that there’s no ghost.
Polacco delivers an interesting story with a fun ending. Kids will enjoy her illustrations that are filled with vibrant color and animated kids as they perform in the different contests. In typical Polacco fashion, the simple style of pencil drawings are colored in with watercolors that light up the pages as brilliant orange pumpkins are carved and children dash across the paper. William’s costume is particularly fun as he makes his way into the contest. Written for children ages 5 and up, this children’s book is a great read during the autumn season, especially during Halloween. But for those that love this story, it can be a great read anytime.