I don't know how I could have gone through so many Halloweens and never read this book. It's absolutely stunning. A group of boys, dressed and ready for trick-or-treating are led on a spooky trip by a mysterious character named Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud. Part history lesson, part magic, part adventure story, the writing is pure poetry and magic realism at its most glorious. On a crisp October night, make some hot cider, tuck your legs under a blanket, and read this book.
Eight boys, bedecked in Halloween costumes, letting the sheer exhilaration of being alive and out on this night pull their lungs and shape their throats into a yell and a yell and a... yeeeellll!
illustrated by Joseph Mugnaini
(The cover artwork is by Leo and Diane Dillon)