Review of Penelope Anne Cole’s picture book, Ten Little Tricksters


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Ten Little Tricksters by Penny Cole


















This cute counting book will delight little kids with its colorful illustrations and its rhythm and repetition.

But parents beware: Once the child has mastered its rhythmic chants, you will be hearing them over and over. The Tricksters are pictured by Kevin Scott Collier

to look like kids dressed up for trick or treating. They are more funny looking than scary. Penny says on her blog that Kevin’s artwork is a “special effect” for nighttime.

You can see how well it works in the cover illustration.

Penny has given over a complete page for each of the ten various creatures, starting with ten ghosties and counting down—not up—to  a lone pumpkin.

Let me give you a taste of the book:

Eight little monsters out on Halloween.

Run monsters!

Run monsters!




(The monsters have a family resemblance to Frankenstein). Another fun treat from Kevin is seeing an owl who lives in one of the houses, and of course, there is a spider web.


Penelope Anne Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level. She enjoys writing children’s stories for read aloud time. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” She has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and an M.A. in Education.

When not writing stories or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church and choir activities. Ms. Cole is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Fremont Area Writers of the CA Writers Club, and is a Certified Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books on her blog at


TEN LITTLE TRICKSTERS is recommended for readers ages 4-7. It is available at Amazon.

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margot Finke
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 20:56:08

    This cover had “Kid Appeal” all over it. A wonderful Halloween gift for the dmall kid in your life. Penny has nailed it this time!!

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  2. barbarabockman
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 21:19:54

    You are so right, Margot. Thanks for stopping by. As per your lead, I “pinned” it.


  3. mirkabreen
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 21:36:57

    Adorable. Got me all awaiting Halloween in August!


  4. Susan Hornbach
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 22:16:27

    It’s a very cute book. I will be posting a review on The Write voice next week. Thanks Barbara for your great review. Go Penny!


  5. tinamcho
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 22:56:32

    Sounds like a fun book/poem on the traditional 10 little monkeys poem.


    • pennyannecole
      Aug 24, 2014 @ 03:33:52

      Hi Tina, Thanks for your comment. I hope you get a chance to see the whole book. It’s a cute way to countdown to Halloween. It also has a lot of “ee, ie, ea” words for kids to chant, too. Thanks, Penny


  6. pennyannecole
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 00:29:10

    Thanks Barbara for a great review. Thanks to you all who have left such wonderful comments. “Ten Little Tricksters” is published by Guardian Angel Publishing (you can get an Ebook or print copy there) and on Amazon and B&N for print copies. Bless you all, Penny


  7. Jayne
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 13:08:21

    Every year when school starts, we start planning our Halloween costumes. This book is just in time!


    • pennyannecole
      Aug 24, 2014 @ 03:34:59

      Hi Jayne, Thanks for your comment. I hope you will get the book. Kevin’s artwork is wonderful–the little creatures and the special effects lighting is great! Thanks, Penny


  8. Bill Kirk
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 23:00:34

    Well done, Barbara. It appears Penny’s book is getting a lot of attention, as well it should. Hoping it will be a hit this Halloween.


  9. PM NewYork
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:25:55

    Hi Aunt Barbara,

    Very nice review. Seems to be a cute little book to help the children learn to count.

    Stay well and send my love to our Floridian family.



    • barbarabockman
      Sep 02, 2014 @ 18:41:22

      Hi Peter,
      Thanks for stopping by. We are well, and hope you and your family are, too. Thanks for sending your love down South. Give our love to your family, too.
      Some news. Deborah and her husband, Aldo, just bought a house in Vermont.


  10. pennyannecole
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 03:00:37

    Hi Peter, thanks for your comment about my little book. Yes, it’s a cute way for kids to have a counting lesson and see some sweet little Halloween creatures! Thanks, Barbara, for the lovely review and great comments! Happy Halloween to you all!. Penny (


  11. Nancy Stewart
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 07:15:05

    This is the cutest reverse book ever. I enjoyed reviewing it, too!


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