Monday, October 22, 2012

Scare Up Some Fun with MORE Halloween Books

As promised, here are more Halloween books to get your celebration going.  Just one more week to go!

  Halloween Hoots and Howls by Joan Horton, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi

 Halloween Drawing Book by Ralph Masiello
Ready to draw some scary Halloween pictures? Then this book is perfect for you! There are pumpkins, bats, ghosts, gravestones and more. Each lesson is given line-by-line, so you can't go wrong. After reading this book, I was delighted to see there are many other drawing books in the series.

 Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane, illustrated by Jane Manning
This is a counting 1 to 10 books. It’s based on the book Over in the Meadow, but instead of safe meadow animals, it has ghouls, goblins, ghosts, witches, and other scary creatures. The illustrations are creepy but not too creepy.

 Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots and eats them morning, noon and night. But then they start following him home. He can see them but no one else can. Is he just imagining them lurking in the background? Hard to say…

 It’s Halloween Night! by Jennifer O’Connell, illustrated by Jennifer Morris
On Halloween night, some kids dress up to go trick or treating. Readers are invited to guess the costume from the clues given (With this pointy hat and my spooky cat…) This is a young not-too-scary book.

 Trick or Treat by Leo Landry
If you are a ghost, you are bound to have some spooky guests to invite to your Halloween party. But what happens when an invitation gets delivered by mistake to some regular kids? Fun and not too scary.

 The Best Halloween of All by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by Susan Meddaugh
Ben has had a string of Halloweens when his parents created clever Halloween costumes for him and his big brother. His brother loved them. Ben did not. So when he was 7 years old, Ben decided it was time to create his own Halloween costume. Was it a success?

  The 13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Vasilovich
Like Twelve Haunted Rooms of Halloween from last week's list, this book is based on The Twelve Days of Christmas.  The items and the illustrations are creepy but fun. Here's a sampling: 4 icky eyeballs, 7 Goblins gobbling, 8 Marching Mutants... You'll be singing this one for sure!

 Carving Pumpkins by Dana Meachen Rau, illustrated by Kathleen Petelinsek
Do you know the history of Jack-o'-lanterns? I never did. This book has history and some really handy tips and ideas. Maybe this year my Jack-o'-lantern won't be the same old thing...

 Bone Soup by Cambria Evans
Finnigin is a hungry, hungry skeleton. When the people of a town (looks like a ghost town to me) refuse to feed him, he tricks them into helping him make Bone Soup. First you start with a bone, then everyone adds stuff. Stuff like stewed eyeballs, spider eggs... If you think  this sounds a bit like Stone Soup, you'd be right. Love it!

  Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!  by Stephen Brown
This book is for serious crafters! Each craft starts with a fun poem. The crafts themselves have lots of steps but the pictures and directions seem pretty clear. If you go all-out for Halloween, you're going to want to take a look at this book.

  Monster Mash by David Catrow
Sometime in the 1960s there was a hit Halloween song called Monster Mash. It was played on the radio all the time. David Catrow has taken the song and given it really creepy illustrations. Want to know the tune? Google the title - there are several YouTube versions.

Be sure to check out last week's list. I hope you have the best Halloween ever!

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