The Ghost-Eye Tree, is an excellent book by the late Bill Martin and John Archambault, and superbly illustrated by Ted Rand for children over age four. Martin wrote children’s books for nearly 60 years. I am a bit nostalgic as this was my daughter’s favorite spooky Halloween book. I was so happy to find her copy and to know it is still available on Amazon and in libraries. Written in verse by the authors in 1988, it is packed with imagery and suspense with each turn of the page. The illustrations are dark, eery and perfectly fit the mood of the story. The book is also a great read around any camp fire. It remains on my bookshelf because it shows kids that being scared is okay.
A brother and sister are sent by their mother one night to fetch a pail of milk from a farmer in town. They are jumpy, edgy and tease each other on their long walk. They don’t want to admit they’re scared, but their imaginations are engaged. I love the brother’s comment “Oooo… I dreaded to go… I dreaded the tree… Why does Mama always choose me when the night is so dark and the mind runs free?” Trying to be brave they know they will have to pass the largest tree in town. They arrive without incident and collect the milk. Upon their return, the ghost-tree appears to come to life when the wind causes it to creek, groan, and wildly wave its branches about them. Just enough tension to make this a good Halloween read.
I discovered a short film was made of the Ghost-Eye Tree in 2008 by Nusomfilms. Here is the trailer.
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