Saturday, October 17, 2009

Picture Book Saturday: Halloween Books

You all still have a couple of weeks to get the Halloween books together for the kiddos, but I wanted to give you time to check these ones out. Very cute for a spooky time of year!

Haunted Party, written and illustrated by Iza Trapani is filled with rhyming and counting, starting with our 1 ghost host and working up to 10 trick or treaters at the door, then working back down to 1 again.

All sorts of creatures attend the Haunted Party, including goblins, werewolves, and vampires, but all are written about in very non-scary rhymes. It's not the best set of rhyming verses I've ever seen, but the cute enough that kids will enjoy it,

Filled with typical Halloween traditions, such as bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving, and all the "creatures of the night," this is a nice intro to Halloween for little kiddos.

Haunted Party
Iza Trapani
28 pages
Picture Book
July 2009

Review copy provided by publisher

Druscilla's Halloween, written by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by Lee White, is a fun look into just why witches ride broomsticks!

Our main character, Druscilla the Witch, is pretty upset because her knees crack so loudly and give her away when she tries to scare anyone. She and her cat, Drizzle, attempt to come up with a new way for the witch to be frightful, failing miserably at every turn...until they come up with flying in on a broomstick!

The story is very cute, nice and mild for those new to the whole "scary Halloween story." The illustrations are cute too, though each page is a bit busy. An overall nice read aloud for Halloween.

Druscilla's Halloween
Sally M. Walker
32 pages
Picture Book
Carolrhoda Books
August 2009
Review copy provided by publisher

Monster Madness, illustrated by Brenda Sexton (I couldn't find an author listed anywhere!) is one of those just-plain-fun books that your littlest ones will enjoy for Halloween.

Simple rhymes compose a story of different characters getting ready for the big Halloween party. Each of the spooky characters, including a ghost, a vampire, a skeleton, etc., are illustrated in a bright and simple way, so no worries about scaring the kiddos.

A button on the front cover, brings the interactive nature of this book to life, as lights start flashing, music plays, and a wheel of the characters starts to move. A giant pop-up on the last page completes the experience.

Just a lot of fun, nothing literary or award-worthy in this one, but your kids will love to watch the cover, hear the rhymes, and rip out the pop-up :). Board book style.

Monster Madness
Brenda Sexton
Board book/Picture book
Silver Dolphin Books
August 2009
Review copy provided by publisher

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