Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Books for Scary Fun, Part 1

With Halloween just 2 weeks away, it’s time to look at some Halloween books. Here is a collection of picture books (not just for little kids!) and chapter books. Enjoy!

 Shake dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Mike Reed
This book has it all – story, illustrations and rhythm. The story has lots of fun references to nursery rhymes and fairy tales. The illustrations make you want to examine each page carefully for all the great details. And the rhythm might be the best part – it demands to be read aloud. Why? The story is about a hip-hop Halloween ball! I loved it!

 In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Susan Meddaugh
A girl and her dad go to a haunted Halloween House. It’s filled with creepy characters and scary happenings. You can watch their progress as they speed through each room, viewing only their feet. So when they’re outside on the safe sidewalk, can guess who wants to go back inside? Written in rhyme, it’s a fun, not-too-scary story.

 Behind the Mask by Yangsook Choi
On Halloween, Kimin wants to dress up as his grandfather, who was a Korean mask dancer long ago. But the trunk that holds his grandfather’s costumes holds scary memories. Kimin overcomes his fears, and in the process, learns a secret that one of the masks holds.

 The Little Old Lady Who was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd
You’d think being followed by shoes and clothes that can float through the air on their own would be scary to the little old lady. Nope! But when a “very large, very orange, very scary pumpkin head appears,” she breaks into a run for home. But the little old lady isn’t scared for long. She has an idea…

 The Halloween House by Erica Silverman, illustrated by Jon Agee
This book starts with, “In the Halloween house, in a dark, dingy den… a papa werewolf crouched with his little ones, ten.” So how do 2 escaped convicts deal with this scary house that is filled with vampires, bats, ghosts and more? Not very well! This is a count-down numbers book, written in rhyme, that’s both charming and creepy.

 Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat
Amelia Bedelia is confused by Halloween. After making several funny mistakes (as she always does!), she shows she understands the fun of Halloween after all. Boy, is Mr. Rogers surprised!

 Andy Shane and the Pumpkin Trickk by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, illustrated by Abby Carter
Andy does not want to go to bossy Dolores Starbuckle’s birthday party on Halloween. Not only does he have to go, Andy is also roped into helping her decorate. Things get more interesting, though, when Andy helps Dolores catch the guys who have been smashing her pumpkins. It’s a mystery/friendship story.

 It’s Halloween, You 'Fraidy Mouse by Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo Stilton is the editor of the Rodent’s Gazette. His sister wants him to publish a book about Halloween. He reluctantly agrees and this leads him to interview all kinds of spooky characters. The actual Halloween book is at the end of the book. It has Halloween history, games, decorations, costumes and more.

 Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osborne
Wouldn’t it be great to be Mary Pope Osborne and write the Magic Tree House books? I think it would be huge fun. In this book, Jack and Annie travel to the time of Camelot and Merlin the Magician. Something very strange is going on in a duke’s castle and it’s up to them to discover what it is and fix it.

Coming next week: Halloween graphic novels.

Do you know other great Halloween books? Write them in the Comments box!

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