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Halloween Book Selections – 10/20/11

Posted on: Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Appropriate for the season, today’s book recommendations are for Halloween.  They’re all fun (and funny) for the whole family.  Nothing too scary for the younger kids.

The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey is one of my favorite Halloween books.  It’s written for kids in grades K – 3 but adults will get a laugh out of this book too.  It’s full of puns that carry through to the great illustrations.  Oscar is a dachshund who is “…half-a-dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long” and has a problem. Being a “wiener-dog,” all of the other dogs in obedience school like to make fun of him. His mother doesn’t help when Halloween rolls when she buys him his ultimate nightmare of a costume – a giant hot-dog bun, complete with mustard.  He trails the other dogs when they go out for treats but when a costumed cat chases the other dogs into a lake, Oscar saves the day and earns the admiration of his peers.

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex for kids in grades 1 – 3.  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Michael Rex’s parody of the classic “Goodnight Moon” is very flattering.  It has the same style of rhyme but rather than a bunny it’s a little monster, very appropriate for Halloween.  The illustrations are also very entertaining.  If your kids liked “Goodnight Moon”, they’ll love “Goodnight Goon”.

Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray for kids in grades K – 3.  “‘Twas Halloween night, and all through the house/Every creature was stirring, including the mouse.”  With text echoing the classic Christmas poem, the opening spread features a brightly lit mansion and pulls even the most reluctant readers into this holiday story. Out come bats, spiders, witches, ogres, ghosts, and banshees, all excitedly preparing a spectacular buffet for young trick-or-treaters.  Their work backfires, however, when the children peek into the spooky house.”  From School Library Journal.

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman for kids preschool to grade 2.  This is the story of a witch who plants a pumpkin seed so that she’ll be able to make a Halloween pie.  However the pumpkin gets so big that she can’t handle it along.  Along come a ghost, vampire, mummy, and bat to help.  The story is about helping and sharing.  The book is nicely illustrated with the pumpkin growing to fill the page.  Great for a read aloud for the younger kids or a self read for slightly older kids.

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