Book review: Tacky and the Haunted Igloo, by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Lester, Helen. Tacky and the Haunted Igloo. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2015. Unp. $16.99. ISBN 9780544339941. Ages 4-1st grade. P8 Q7

Lester Tacky Haunted IglooTacky and the Haunted Igloo is the latest addition to the Tacky the Penguin series by Helen Lester and illustrator Lynn Munsinger. It’s Halloween in Nice Icy Land and Tacky still refuses to follow the crowd. Each penguin acknowledges his or her greatest fear and embodies that fear as a Halloween costume. Of course, after eating most of the treats, Tacky falls asleep; but, does he wake up in time to save his waddle from an old menace? The unusual vernacular and onomatopoeia found in the text make it fun to read aloud. Munsinger uses familiar sketchy watercolors to illustrate Tacky’s spooky spectacle. Fans of The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, another unlikely champion with an affinity for treats, will enjoy this new tale of a bumbling penguin with a Halloween twist.


October 2015 review by Lillian Curanzy.


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