Tacky and the Haunted Igloo (Tacky the Penguin)

by Helen Lester (Author) Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)

Tacky and the Haunted Igloo (Tacky the Penguin)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

It's Halloween, and Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect are planning the spookiest haunted igloo ever! They've decorated with spoohooky cobwebs, they've baked some awful waffle treats, and the only thing left to do is dress up as something scary to haunt the igloo. Everything is going spooktacularly . . . until ghostly hunters show up! They want all the penguins' snacks, but their trick-or-treaters (and, of course, snacky Tacky) have eaten them all. How will the penguins get out of this mess? Tacky will teach these trick-or-treating hunters that, if they can't get treats, they're surely going to get tricked.

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Publishers Weekly

Tacky and his fellow penguins have transformed their home into a haunted igloo in preparation for Halloween, but the festivities turn truly scary after the hunters from Tacky's original 1988 picture book show up, and they're hungry: "We're trick-or treatin' ghosties/ And we ain't no toothie fairies/ So give us all yer yummy treats/ Or we do something skearies." Luckily, Tacky (who had been struggling to come up with a sufficiently scary costume before the hunters arrived) shows up just in time, dressed as none other than one of the hunters. The ensuing shenanigans offer lots of laughs--after all, what better to satisfy one's appetite for schadenfreude than seeing someone scary get scared (or "skeared" as the case may be)? As ever, Tacky proves that even the unruliest of penguins can save the day. Ages 4-8. (July)

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--Tacky has another hit on his hands. The eccentric penguin yet again finds a way to save the day as the hunters make their way to ruin a very festive, and very haunted, Halloween. This engaging tale has a timely twist that will certainly incur some giggles as the penguins dress up as what they are most afraid of; kids will relate to fears of the dark, thunderstorms, monsters, and in Perfect's case--bubbles. Turning their fears into silly costumes will open up the possibilities for young readers to discuss their own fears and how to face them just as Tacky does. As usual, Tacky's entrance is timely and funny, as his costume turns out to be the best of all even after the penguin has a big think (aka a nap). Fans won't be disappointed in this addition, and readers not yet familiar with the character will find this to be a wondrous introduction. VERDICT A first purchase for general collections and holiday alike.--Ashley Prior, Lincoln Public Library, RI

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Review quotes

"Both funny and scary, this entry in the popular Tacky the Penguin series is entertaining from first to last...A Halloween treat for Tacky fans."

"Halloween has not been as shivery, silly, and satisfying as in this polar romp."

"Fans won't be disappointed in this addition, and readers not yet familiar with the character will find this to be a wonderful introduction."
School Library Journal

Helen Lester
Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

http: //www.helenlester.com/

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
July 20, 2015
Tacky the Penguin

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