Halloween ABC

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Halloween ABC
Halloween ABC cover.jpg
Author Eve Merriam
Illustrator Lane Smith
Country USA
Language English
Genre Children's Poetry
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date
Pages 28 (unnumbered)
ISBN 978-00-2766870-4

Halloween ABC is a book of poetry for children, written by Eve Merriam and illustrated by Lane Smith. It includes a poem related to a scary or Halloween related theme for each letter of the alphabet.


Kirkus Reviews calls it "Elegant in design, precise in image, this is a sophisticated style that should be popular for its subject, with appeal for any age that enjoys the macabre side of Halloween."[1] Publishers Weekly describes the poems as "fresh, original creations." and "Illustrator Smith is a perfect accomplice..."[2] The School Library Journal recommends Halloween ABC for children K and up, and states that: “This is not a book for young children to learn the alphabet, but it is a witty, whimsical, and happily shivery book for Halloween sharing. It is also a wonderful book for monster- and horror-loving youngsters at any time of the year and a diabolic way for poetry-loving adults to introduce the work of one of our best contemporary poets [...]”

Challenged book[edit]

Halloween ABC is on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000[3] as "it allegedly contains satanic references, cult symbols, and promotes violent and deviant behavior."[4]


  1. ^ "Halloween ABC". kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Halloween A B C". publishersweekly.com. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999". ALA.org. American Library Association. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Edwards, June (1997). Opposing Censorship in Public Schools: Religion, Morality, and Literature. Routledge. p. 50. ISBN 978-11-3568616-1. Retrieved 24 June 2015.