Halloween is Coming! Fiction to Scare and Delight!
Shiver Shades of Halloween: A Spooky Book of Colors by Mary McKenna Siddals, illustrated by Jimmy Pickering
Halloween is Green…Eerie glow, Evil grin, Vile brew, Clammy skin, Slimy-grimy, queasy-peasy, snotty-rotty Tinge of green. Every color has something wonderful to contribute to Halloween. A great read aloud!
Oooooh this is a scary story! Feliciana was so bad all day, her brothers told her d’Loup Garou, the horrible monster that eats bad children, would for sure come to eat her. And, for sure, she does meet up with him. This is not really a Halloween story but the fear factor makes it one. I want someone to read it aloud to me!
A ghost tells 6 not-so-scary Halloween stories for beginning readers. There are greedy trick-or-treaters, a disappearing sister, an unexplained tap-tap-tap, a mean brother, and a talking house. This is an I Can Read book.
This book has few words but they are plenty spooky. But they not nearly as spooky as the painted illustrations. They made me shudder!
Lots of things set this kid off on a tantrum: a rainy day, a melting popsicle, bedtime, no more syrup… He’s truly fearsome. That is, until he meets another Crankenstein. I think we can all identify with this kid at times.
This is definitely for older kids (grades 3 and up). It’s a creepy retelling of the classic story with some challenging vocabulary and tricky rhymes. Some of the scary bits: she lives in a mausoleum, she goes to the ball in a funeral wagon, instead of losing her shoe, she breaks off her foot. Get the picture? Not for the faint-hearted!
Daniela’s Day of the Dead by Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Holli Conger
Daniela and her family prepare for Day of the Dead by remembering their loved ones who have died, making an altar, buying special foods, visiting the cemetery, and eating with family. Extra holiday information is included in sidebars.
Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray, illustrated by Brandon Dorman
This is a Halloween retelling of The Night before Christmas, with a definitely eerie bent. The text is fun and a little creepy but the illustrations are very creepy. I think Halloween fans will love it.
Lucy hears sounds in the walls of her house and she’s sure there are wolves in there. Her parents don’t believe her but then sure enough, out come the wolves. The family runs from the house, but how will Lucy save her pig puppet? Lucy is a brave girl and saves the day. This book is plenty hair-raising.
Spooky ABC by Eve Merriam, illustrated by Lane Smith (sorry, no link)
Apple, Bat, Crawler, Demon, Elf, Fiend… Each letter has a spine-tingling poem and a nightmarish illustration. I could see this book being read by flashlight in a darkened room.
No Zombies Allowed by Matt Novak (sorry, no link)
Witch Wizzle and Witch Woddle’s are throwing their yearly monster party. As they look over last year’s pictures they find some they don’t want to invite. To keep the trouble-making guests out, they post signs like No Zombies Allowed in front of their home. Each guest caused some sort of problem, including them! What are they going to do?
Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (sorry, no link)
Not-too-scary monster kids have a fun day at the park, doing what kids do: running, twirling, jumping, sliding… The illustrations have lots of thing to look at.
A witch and her cat take a ride on her broom and the wind blows her hat off. When she flies down to get it, a dog has it in his jaws. The dog wants to ride on the broom so the three fly off. Then the witch’s bow is blown off and it’s returned to her by a bird, who also hops on the broom. Ever wonder how many can fit on a broom?
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Have a fun Halloween!