Tony Baloney Yo Ho Ho, Halloween!

by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Illustrated By Edwin Fotheringham

Scholastic Press
July 2016

Ages 6 – 7 . Grades 1 – 2

Lexile measure: 690L

DRA: 20

Guided Reading: L


Halloween is coming! This year, Tony Baloney wants to stand out in the crowd at the school Halloween parade. But can he keep his costume intact until the day of the parade?

This hilarious story is great fun for anyone who's ever come up with a brilliant plan that doesn't go quite the way they envisioned...readers will delight in a treat ending-the Baloneys have a few tricks up their sleeves!
Edwin Fotheringham

Edwin Fotheringham’s stylish, award-winning illustrations have graced the pages of The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other publications. He has illustrated numerous highly acclaimed nonfiction picture books, such as Barbara Kerley's What to Do About Alice?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book; The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book; Those Rebels, John & Tom, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book; and A Home for Mr. Emerson, a NAPPA Gold Award winner; as well as younger fiction picture books, such as Pam Muñoz Ryan's Tony Baloney and the eponymous beginning reader series, Jennifer Hamburg's Monkey and Duck Quack Up!, a spring 2015 Indie Favorite, and Andria Rosenbaum’s Big Sister, Little Monster. Ed lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit him online at
Pam Muñoz Ryan

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.


  • Praise for the TONY BALONEY series:


    *"[An] exuberant story [that] takes a fresh look at sibling dynamics… Dominated by bold primary colors…[and] brilliant subtlety too…" –Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "[A] delightful book…Not only does the story simply and accurately capture the dynamics of family life, the bright, colorful illustrations create memorable characters and vivid scenes. Tony will definitely be a favorite with readers. He is bound to become an enduring character *poised to experience many more adventures." –Library Media Connection

    "Totally goofy…totally fun." –Booklist

    TONY BALONEY School Rules

    "The universal topic, along with alliteration and humor, gives [this] wide appeal. Heavy use of primary colors makes the illustrations stand out. An excellent first purchase." –School Library Journal

    "Tony and Dandelion model a growing sense of independence and the ability to learn from mistakes." –Publishers Weekly

    "Fotheringham's digital illustrations pop with bold colors." –Kirkus Reviews

    TONY BALONEY Buddy Trouble

    *"Ryan proves yet again that she understands young children; Tony's summary of the situation (as told to his stuffed army walruses) is spot-on, as is his understanding of time…Would that every sibling squabble ended this well." –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    "Sometimes amusing, sometimes tender, the newest beginning-reader book in the Tony Baloney series is satisfying on many levels." –Booklist

    "Lots of kid appeal." –Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books

    "A winner." –School Library Journal



ISBN: 9780545908856

40pp. | 6 x 9