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October is
when night guzzles up
the orange sherbet sunset
and sends the day
to bed
before supper
October is when jack-o’-lanterns
grin in the darkness
            strange company crunches
across the rumple of dry leaves
to ring a doorbell.
October is
when you can be ghost,
            a witch,
                        a creature from outer space…
almost anything!
And the neighbors, fearing tricks,
            give you treats.

Bobbi Katz, "October" from Once Around the Sun. Copyright © 2006 by Bobbi Katz. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Source: Once Around the Sun (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
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  • Bobbi Katz once told Contemporary Authors: "I write for children because I hope to join those writers and artists who delight, sensitize, and give hope to children." A former editor at Random House, Katz has had success publishing her own rhyming picture books for elementary school students. These range from the sublime, such as American History Poems and We, the People, to the outright ridiculous, such as A Rumpus of Rhymes: A Book of Noisy Poems. Whatever the tone, Katz uses rhyme to catch children's attention in order to teach and entertain them. American History Poems and We, the People introduce young students to important figures in American history as well as fictitious representative citizens from previous centuries. School Library Journal contributor Karey Wehner felt that in We, the People, "a multitude of Americans are speaking directly to readers." The critic added that Katz's book "is unique in offering...

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