Saturday, October 25, 2008

Picture Book Saturday: Halloween Books Day 2

Today is Day 2 of my Halloween book extravaganza, the Picture Book Saturday edition. I have three picture books for you, each with a scary, creepy, or plain old Halloween theme. Enjoy!

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody is written and illustrated by the wonderful, Michael Rex. A play on the infamous Goodnight Moon, in this story we are little werewolves going to bed in a black lagoon! The reader gets to say goodnight to martians, tombs, and lots of other creepy things, preparing to fall sound asleep. Each page draws the reader into another part of the scary lagoon and allows us to bid goodnight to something yucky! Great for a read aloud. If you're having a Halloween program this week, I would definitely suggest this as one of the stories you read! Even better if your kids are familiar with Goodnight Moon, you'll hear giggles all over the room.

Where's My Mummy?, written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by John Manders is an equally adorable selection for a Halloween program or story time read aloud. Before he goes off to bed, Little Baby Mummy wants to play one more round of "hide and shriek" with his Mama Mummy. While Mama counts higher and higher, Little Baby Mummy runs to hide. venturing off into very scary places (like a creepy cemetery), but being very brave! He meets all sorts of scary and creepy characters, without showing one ounce of fear...until the least scary creature of all crosses his path. Only THEN does Little Baby Mummy cry out for Big Mama Mummy to come and find him!

Another one that will really get the kids giggling! The illustrations in this one are absolutely fabulous and the cover is just adorable. I will probably keep this one to read year-round, it's that cute!

Finally, we have one of my absolute favorite books of the year. The Little Bit Scary People, written by the ever-so-wonderful Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, is not a Halloween related book, but it definitely does have to do with being scared! A little girl introduces us to all of the people she finds "a little bit scary," like her intimidating teacher, an impatient bus driver, and a boy on a skateboard. She finds each of these people a little bit scary, but then tells us why they aren't scary at all!

This is a fabulous book for teaching kids about not being judgmental, without being preachy. I'm not a fan of books that tell the reader flat-out what to do and not to do, this title simply explains why someone might appear frightening, but after talking with them, they are actually very kind! Another fantastic title for read-alouds and the illustrations are divine! I loved this one and tried VERY hard to get it nominated for a Cybil...I haven't checked to see if I succeeded or not.

If you want to learn more about any of these titles or to purchase, click on any of the book covers above to link to Amazon.

1 comment:

Callista said...

LOL Goodnight Goon! That's funny. We like Goodnight Moon here.