The Halloween Tree

The Halloween Tree A fast moving eerietale set on Halloween night Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr Moundshroud As Pi

  • Title: The Halloween Tree
  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9780375803017
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fast moving, eerietale set on Halloween night Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr Moundshroud As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for th A fast moving, eerietale set on Halloween night Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr Moundshroud As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin s Enhanced by appropriately haunting black and white drawings Booklist

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    About “Ray Bradbury

    • Ray Bradbury

      American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938 Although his formal education ended there, he became a student of life, selling newspapers on L.A street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter He became a full time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947 His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences Next came The Illustrated Man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury s masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden In an attempt to salvage their history and culture, a group of rebels memorize entire works of literature and philosophy as their books are burned by the totalitarian state Other works include The October Country, Dandelion Wine, A Medicine for Melancholy, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I Sing the Body Electric , Quicker Than the Eye, and Driving Blind In all, Bradbury has published than thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays His short stories have appeared in than 1,000 school curriculum recommended reading anthologies Ray Bradbury s work has been included in four Best American Short Story collections He has been awarded the O Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others In November 2000, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was conferred upon Mr Bradbury at the 2000 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City Ray Bradbury has never confined his vision to the purely literary He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright , and has won an Emmy Award for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree He adapted sixty five of his stories for television s Ray Bradbury Theater He was the creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World s Fair In 1982 he created the interior metaphors for the Spaceship Earth display at Epcot Center, Disney World, and later contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro Disney, France Married since 1947, Mr Bradbury and his wife Maggie lived in Los Angeles with their numerous cats Together, they raised four daughters and had eight grandchildren Sadly, Maggie passed away in November of 2003 On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you ll come along.



    922 thoughts on “The Halloween Tree

    • When their friend Pipkin is snatched away, his eight friends, with the mysterious Mr Moundshroud, go looking for him, crossing time and space and learning all about Halloween.Apart from some of his short stories, I ve never ready any Bradbury Since we re on the cusp of Halloween, I gave this a shot.This is a cute, fun story Mr Moundshroud teaches the boys about Halloween across the ages while they look for their missing friend Pipkin There aren t a lot of childrens books that reference druids, m [...]


    • The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury is a short novel by the grandmaster that uses as a premise a group of trick or treating boys traveling through time chasing a mysteriously missing friends to create a vehicle for examining the roots and sources of Halloween Probably written for a juvenile or young adult audience, Bradbury demonstrates his range and imagination to craft a story that is as entertaining as any of his recognized works The character Moundshroud, most likely as a personification of [...]


    • This was a fun and quirky read for Halloween Ray Bradbury has a great way of painting a myriad of images in his writing I adored the illustrations by Joseph Mugnaini When I started this book, I was hooked immediately and thought this was going to be my 5 star Halloween book for the year The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats Tom Skelton shivered Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a speci [...]


    • Mr Moundshroud proves to be a delightfully light read leaves on the wind Virgil as he takes a group of kids on a roaring fast ride through time on Hallow s Eve to give us the real rundown on mummies, witches, druids, and all the creepy crawlies of history, summing things up with a quintessential Bradburian moral and prosaic reveal.It s perfect for what it is a totally fast YA ride that might get even better justice as a full production Spielberg production with a gazillion dollars behind it, wit [...]


    • This book and I have a history, and one which I wasn t even aware of until I have actually read it Years and years ago, I saw an opening snippet of a Halloween movie on Cartoon Network it was October and they had Halloween themed cartoons running all day long, from the Addams Family to special episodes of Scooby Doobut this one caught my attention it was a full length animation, and the opening scene featured a bird s eye view on a small town, where dusk had just began to fall, and the skies wer [...]


    • I have a tradition of reading Charles Dickens every December It may be a short story or a full length novel, but December is meant for Dickens After having read The Halloween Tree, I have decided that I will now read Ray Bradbury every October October is meant for Bradbury.There is a lot to love about this book The Halloween Tree is the story of eight friends on Halloween trying to find their missing ring leader Pipkin The search leads them to an old, dark, Gothic, haunted house with a tree cove [...]


    • It s big, it s broad It s broad, it s bright It fills the sky of All Hallow s Night The strangest sight you ve ever seen.The monster Tree on Halloween.The leaves have burned to gold and redThe grass is brown, the old year dead,But hang the harvest high, Oh see The candle constellations on the Halloween Tree The stars they turn, the candles burnAnd the mouse leaves scurry on the cold wind bourne,And a mob of smiles shine down on theeFrom the gourds hung high on the Halloween Tree.The smile of the [...]


    • I ll be reading Bradbury The writing in this is phenomenal, it s delight to read I m not sure why, but the images in my head when reading this were very Tim Burton esque What are some of his other works that I should check out Besides Fahreinheit 451 that is


    • There must have been a thousand pumpkins on this tree, hung high and on every branch A thousand smiles A thousand grimaces Eight young boys learn about the origin stories of Halloween with the help of a mysterious character called Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud However, their friend, Pipkin, has been whisked away and the friends will have an important decision to make with regards to whether he lives or dies.This is one of those children s books that can still be enjoyed as an adult It s nostalgi [...]


    • I often find Ray Bradbury s writing a bit precious At some point in his career it seems to me that he became concerned with being a GREAT AUTHOR than simply telling a great story And, yes, I felt that way sometimes while listening to The Halloween Tree.BUTAnd that s a rather large BUT But, with The Halloween Tree he did manage to pull off the gorgeous poetic prose, the grand imagery, while telling a wonderful story I don t use the word wonderful often in a serious manner, but here it fits There [...]


    • I struggled a lot with how this book was written, because of that I had a hard time following alone with what was going on I plan on watching the movie though, and I hope I enjoy that wayyy


    • Bir g nde okudum Kafam kald ramad m bile Tek gecelik Cad lar Bayram bu kadar fantastik, ocuksu, heyecanl ve korkutucu anlat labilir Tim Burton n filmlerinden birinde kayboldum adeta Her zaman ki ak c Ray Bradbury dili, merak, ku ku, tedirginlik Sizi yerinize m hlayan bir anlat m Kitap bitti inde ba larkenkinden daha fazla d nce, ihtimal, renk, doku ok zengin bir hayali g Bay ld m.


    • Suddenly the day was gone, night came out from under each tree and spread Ray Bradbury, The Halloween TreeIt was nice to read this and remember that before Stranger Things and before Neil Gaiman there was Ray Bradbury Not one of his greats The plot seemed a bit too contrived But how can you not adore a book that transports you from Egypt, to Greece, to Rome, to Druid England, to the top of Notre Dame, to Mexico celebrating D a De Los Muertos The Halloween Tree is an obvious metaphor for the stem [...]


    • This was a fun little Halloween read, about a three hour audiobook read by Bronson Pinchot It starts with a bunch of 11 12 year old boys on Halloween night, assembling for trick or treating, and veers off into a boys adventure novel that also has elements of American Gods I loved the Halloween tree and will look for one this year.


    • Cuando era m s chica, The Halloween Tree era una de mis pel culas favoritas para ver durante el mes de Octubre Recuerdo sentarme en un sill n mullido y no despegar la vista del televisor hasta que la pel cula terminara Algo as me sucedi cuando decid leer este libro Demor la lectura para poder disfrutarlo en sta poca, ya que ten a deseos de leerlo apenas pude encontrarlo, pero realmente cre a que necesitaba saborearlo ahora No me arrepiento de ello, a medida que le a algunos recuerdos se me ven a [...]


    • At my age I can no longer climb trees like a monkey or sail through the air, leaping over hedges as I sprint down the street At least, not physically But because of writers like Ray Bradbury, I can still do these things in my mind I can escape into the far reaches of my mind and become a boy again, leaping, running and being able to lose myself in the innocence of fantasy and make believe This is a great adventure and glimpse into the heart of All Hallows Eve And it is done masterfully through t [...]


    • Si tuviera que elegir una lectura cl sica para el d a de brujas, una que leyera cada a o alrededor de una fogata, definitivamente ser a este libro La pluma de Ray Bradbury nos ofrece una narraci n macabra pero ingeniosa, enrtretenida y a la vez ilustrativa Para quienes no lo sepan, The Halloween Tree, es la historia de un grupo de ni os que durante la noche del 31 de octubre emprenden un viaje a trav s del tiempo y del espacio, mientras observan y participan en diversas tradiciones que tienen qu [...]


    • THE HALLOWEEN TREE BY RAY BRADBURY I read this book every October because it s the perfect Halloween book It s taken me a couple of readings, but I now finally realize that The Halloween Tree is the equivalent for Halloween what A Christmas Carol is for Christmas an enchanting journey into the history of Halloween where one leans much and is changed by it.A group of eight boys are on their way out to trick or treat on Halloween, all in different costumes skeleton, mummy, gargoyle, etc and head o [...]


    • this limited edition version of bradbury s halloween tree that was printed in 2004 is absolutely the version worth reading, entirely for the inclusion of his first submitted typescript see, knopf was interested in a straight up juvenile book bradbury wanted to write a book for children of all ages so, when the first knopf edition was published in 1972, there were a ton of cuts, largely to bradbury s wonderful descriptive passages also included are a ton of supplemental materials, including corre [...]


    • I listened to this story so as to participate in the Literary Horror Group s October read I have long been planning to read of Ray Bradbury s work, so I jumped on this opportunity Mostly thanks to Edward Lorn through whose contest I won the audiobook version Thanks again, Ed I enjoyed this fanciful tale even though it wasn t a bit scary In fact, I would categorize this as of a dark fantasy, though labels are just labels, in the end As was true of the 2 other Bradbury stories I ve read, the pro [...]


    • This will most definitely be an October read for me around Halloween from this year forward It s a read every year kind of book Only Ray Bradbury, in the spirit of a traditional holiday tale, can weave the magic of Halloween into a tale with a dark meaningful moral at the end I was utterly enchanted moving through the ages of time with the boys and Mr Moundshroud as the the group searched for the elusive, wisp like Pipkin Tears sprang to my eyes as Tom briefly questions Mr Moundshroud at the end [...]


    • It was good, just not the Bradbury I m accustomed to Made me think about the origins of Halloween, which is the whole point Best part by far came near the end where meaningful Bradbury surfaced.


    • 3.5 O Mr Moundshroud, will we EVER stop being afraid of nights and death When you reach the stars, boy, yes, and live there forever, all the fears will go, and Death himself will die On Halloween night, 8 boys go to their friend Pipkin s house so they can go trick or treating, when he comes out, not quite himself, and tells them to go to the house of Haunts, at the end of the ravine Skeptically, they head there, and knock on the Marley esque knocker, where they meet Mr Moundshroud, who uses his [...]


    • Remember back to your days as a kidose days of unfettered imagination when nothing seemed impossible This book took me back there for just a moment.Bradbury spins a modern day relatively speaking fairy tale with a focal point of eight friends who gather for Halloween While an undercurrent of adolescent loss tugs at the edge of your awareness, the author takes us on a trip through the death legends of a variety of world cultures.The eight friends, after meeting with their missing ninth friend, de [...]


    • In one of his earlier novels, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Bradbury warned to Beware the autumn people Despite issuing this caution, I m convinced that Bradbury saw himself as an autumn person , given his fascination with the season and all that it symbolises the lush growth of summer dying away the Earth s final death rattle before the long, cold, still of winter the ever encroaching darkness.I, too, am one of the autumn people I m not about to bore you with the details here, but there s so [...]


    • It is Halloween Night Tom Skelton and friends are about to go trick or treating together, but someone is missing Where s their friend Pipkin Searching for answers, they head to the house of the mysterious and sly Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud who takes them on magical tour of Halloweens past to find Pipkin and learn about Halloween itself Will they succeed on their journey Read on and find out for yourself.This was a pretty good read I have only seen the animated film version of this book so thi [...]


    • The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury, is to Halloween what Charles Dickens s A Christmas Carol is to Christmas If the novella is not required reading, it should be This short book proves that Halloween is so much than a holiday created by candy bar companies, and is most certainly not a satanic celebration From the tombs of Egypt to the underworld of Mexico during Dia de Los Muertos, Bradbury whisks us away on an autumnal wind The journey is poignant and purposeful What exactly would you give to [...]


    • Audiobook read by actor Bronson Pinchot.What a fun little Halloween classic from 1972 It s a tale about eight friends who, on Halloween, learn a bit about history, death and all hallow s eve on a time travel trip in this fun and scary tale The audiobook narration was fabulous by Bronson Pinchot and I highly recommend it I see the illustrations for newer editions of the regular book are wonderful as well Since it s a pretty short read, it would be fun to listen to the audio while following along [...]


    • Full review now posted This was such a perfect little book to help foster the Halloween spirit.Ray Bradbury is a master of atmosphere One of the most atmospheric Halloween books I ve ever read is Something Wicked This Way Comes, and this tiny book spins just a compelling a spell Bradbury just had an amazing grasp on what makes Halloween special It s a little dated, but in my opinion that just upped the nostalgia factor.A group of boys is taken on a journey through time and space to understand th [...]



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