Free kindle The Halloween Tree –

One of Ray Bradbury s classic stories available in ebook for the first time.On Halloween night, eight trick or treaters gather at the haunted house by the edge of town, ready for adventure But when Something whisks their friend Pip away, only one man the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud can help the boys find him.A classic tale of horror and adventure from the master of storytelling, Ray Bradbury.

10 thoughts on “The Halloween Tree

  1. Kenny Kenny says:

    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 so much 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 covered in lit jack o lanterns, the Halloween tree It is here we meet Moundshroud who offers to help them find Pipkin, but they need to learn the truth about Halloween first From here, we are given a tour of Halloween and Halloween like celebrations from around the world, from Ancient Egypt to modern day Mexico.Bradbury is a masterful storyteller What is amazing here is Bradbury takes the concept of death and the ending of one s own life from a personal to a worldly discussion More than that, we learn what it is like to live and grow and even mor importantly, about the fluidity of life not an easy task to be sure.There is so much I could say here, but I don t want to spoil this for others This is a book to read and reread many times I consider The Halloween Tree a classic and a wonderful surprise for me.

  2. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    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, mummies, witches, gargoyles, and the day of the dead It brought back memories of Halloweens past for me.The prose is poetic and flows like water from a hose Some of it has an almost Doctor Seussian flair I m not surprised there s an animated version The book screams to be a cartoon.Bradbury s influence on later authors can be felt in this one I notice some phrasing that Stephen King has echoed but the writing shouted Neil Gaiman at me Coraline, The Graveyard Book, practically all of Gaiman s prose owes a debt to Ray Bradbury Hell, The Sandman probably also has some Bradbury in his family tree.I probably missed the window for perfect enjoyment of this book by decades Even so, I enjoyed it quite a bit 3.5 out of 5 stars Now I really want to track down the animated version Leonard Nimoy as Mr Moundshroud

  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Welllll, that was different

  4. Lyn Lyn says:

    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 Death, is certainly a memorable Bradbury creation.

  5. Maciek Maciek says:

    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 were fiery red For some reason I didn t get to watch the rest of it, and for years remembered just this image of burning red sky and a sense of autumnal mystery I couldn t find the title of this film as all this happened when the internet was still in its infancy But this image had never completely left my mind, and after reading this book something in the back of my head urged me to see if it was ever adapted for the screen and lo and behold, I learned that in 1993 Hanna Barbera has turned it into a feature length animated film, written and narrated by Bradbury himself, and it was since often shown on Cartoon Network during Halloween I even saw the opening on YouTube, and it matches what I remember almost to the letter.Can you believe After so many years I ve finally found my long forgotten cartoon, which as a boy I thought I d never see again for some reason it didn t occur to me to just look for it a year later perhaps because after October and Winter arrived Summer, which at this age was like beginning to live in a completely new world I m older now, but that boy is still there somewhere within me, and he is very happy Special thanks go to Ziba for introducing me to this book and urging me to read it thank you The Halloween Tree is another of Ray Bradbury s ode to youth and boyhood and a true Halloween special Bradbury wrote in simple but elegant language, and his words are filled with nostalgia for the earlier, simpler time of youth and childhood, and the sense of mystery and adventure which were all around when the days turned shorter and colder, leaves fell from the trees and whispers of ghosts began to circulate Eight friends dress up in Halloween costumes there s the skeleton, a mummy, a witch, even Mr Death himself but they re missing the group favorite and their leader, Pipkin he looks unwell, but has never missed a Halloween and tells them that he will meet up with them as they go on The group arrives at a mysterious Gothic mansion with a gigantic tree hung with Jack O Lanterns they discover that the house is inhabited by an equally mysterious man named Moundshroud Just then Pipkin appears, but is snatched away from them by unknown forces and dragged into the dark, unknown space Mr Moundshroud invites the group on a strange journey through time and across the world, the only chance to save their friend.The structure is similar to Charles Dickens s A Christmas Carol, where Ebenezer Scrooge is taken by various ghost to experience the Past, the Present, and the Yet To Come but AChristmas Carol is a story of another season and another man, focused solely on Scrooge and his relationship with others The Halloween Tree, while giving plenty of attention to Pipkin, is focused much on Halloween and its origins from the ancient traditions of the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, through the Celts and the medieval times in Britain and France, to the Mexican D a de Muertos Civilizations which created these customs have long since disappeared, but their tradition survived and influenced the holiday and its celebration, and are all elements of this story.Joe Mugnaini illustrations are delightful and I wish there were of them Still, I think that The Halloween Tree is a story which would shine when listened to as told by someone who understands autumn and Halloween and cares about both deeply, and delights in telling stories to an engaged audience of young and old children It s a short novella which can be read in one sitting, but paints a great tribute to the season the warmth of summer and its lush green disappeared, but in their place arrived mystery and the multitude of sensations which you can t experience at any other time of the year I don t think anyone can dislike this book, but I think plenty of us autumn people will end enjoying it greatly.

  6. Trish Trish says:

    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 Witch, and the smile of the Cat,The smile of the Beast, the smile of the Bat,The smile of the Reaper taking his feeAll cut and glimmer on the Halloween Tree October has always been my favourite time of year The autumn colours, the usually sunny but fresh air it all looks and feels so cozy At some point I also heard about Halloween or All Hallow s Eve it wasn t celebrated here for a long time and it has quickly become my favourite holiday of the year Carving pumpkins, using hundreds of candles, watching and reading spooky movies and stories there is just a special atmosphere about it.Nevertheless, despite what many cynics say, this is not a holiday invented by the sugar industry All Hallows Eve has had many names throughout the centuries and was still is, in fact celebrated all over the world and always for the same reason the fear of darkness and hope for the light sun to come back In fact, many years ago, November 1st used to be New Year s This book is full of the energy of children running around, playing in heaps of leaves, trick or treating, carving pumpkins and laughing all the while Bradbury seems to have many different voices, depending on what kind of story he s telling, and this is one of pure joy The book tells of Halloween, its history throughout time and space, and of hope and friendship through the children that need to save their friend with the help of the mysterious Mr Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud his identity is in the name He takes them on a journey to learn about human history, the history of darkness vs light, fear vs hope, to make them see well, find out for yourselves.This book has so many great messages From what witches really are, to the fate of any form of belief even if it has become one of the biggest religions in all the world , to cultural differences that still tell of the commonalities, to the value of a human life And all with this incredible charm and vitality, perfectly capturing the spirit of Halloween Accompanying this great tale are wonderful black and white illustrations by Joseph Mugnaini.I cannot even adequately put in words what this little book means to me I think I shall read it every October from now on It s THAT GOOD, invoking the spirit of autumn in general and Halloween especially Just the right amount of childish joy for all things spooky because make no mistake there is enough spookiness in this as well as intelligent excursions into dark and deep topics Trick and treat indeed

  7. Candi Candi says:

    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 special feel because it was All Hallows Eve Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades I had an awesome feeling of nostalgia as the story was set up and the boys dressed in their costumes and prepared themselves for a night of thrills and adventure Meeting at the haunted house on the outskirts of town, the boys realize that one of their own, the magnificent Pipkin, is in danger In order to save him, they must travel back in time with the frightfully fantastic Mr Moundshroud Here the reader journeys and learns about the history of Halloween through the ages and across the continents right along with this pack of boys I thought this was a very clever idea However, it was at this point that I lost a bit of interest in the story Too much information was thrown at me too quickly and everything became a bit too chaotic I wanted to sit back and really learn a bit about each place and time, but before I knew it, I was rushed on to the next Well, I m glad to say I have finally read this book, and I am not sorry that I did it certainly provided some entertainment I just wish I could regurgitate some of what I learned about Halloween, but I m afraid Mr Moundshroud s grandiose efforts were a bit lost on me

  8. Bradley Bradley says:

    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, with Disney and Lucasfilms playing a big role, with Neil Gaiman providing about a thousand hours worth of consultancy to boot Sound good Yep It needs a lot of firepower to amp it up and make it look absolutely spectacular and feel like it has the depth of ages It feels like Mary Poppins and Bednobs and Broomsticks would if they were actually good movies And maybe it could be an excellent movie, too But for me, I feel like I should have loved this long before I ever watched Nightmare Before Christmas.It s all about timing At my late age, I want to start taking exception to some of the conclusions that Bradbury makes, nitpick about the history, complain about the lack of girls, and give a horribly injust condemnation to the book because it lacks the whole modern Halloween and horror awesomeness that us moderns have to offer.For shame Shame on me But then, that s also the reason why I mentioned bringing in a bunch of the heavy hitters of today to update the tale I m sure THIS is one of those old books that could be turned into something special again for a whole new generation It already has magic.

  9. Paul O& Paul O& says:

    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

  10. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    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 nostalgic, heartfelt and a whole lot of fun Moundshroud helps the children travel through space and time to teach them about the origin of Halloween, from Ancient Egyptian traditions to The Day of the Dead in Mexico Bradbury s prose is poetic and beautiful, and his descriptions of both Halloween and autumn are mesmerising.There s also beautiful illustrations in my edition by Joe Mugnaini not sure if they re in all editions , but they re a lovely addition to the story.My only negative really is that at times it felt a bit rushed as Moundshroud and the children moved around from each place I felt like I wanted to spend time in each location and learn even But I guess the story is meant to be fast paced and keep you on your toes This is a fun Halloween read and I m excited for Bradbury