Monday, October 7, 2013

Halloween picture books for your little monster

I don't know about you, but it is hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner! Jaxon (my 4 year old) wants to be a dragon and I have decided to make the costume... what was I thinking?! And I have no clue what Kylie (my 8 year old) will wind up being. She is constantly changing her mind. At least we have some cute reads from Candlewick Press to tide us over and give us ideas! 

Ghost in the House
by Ammi-Joan Paquette
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Candlewick Press 
 There’s a ghost in the house, In the creepy haunted house, On this dark spooky night all alone.
When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears...a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter...a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn — and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you’ll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!
 Cute book that could be used to teach sequencing and the use of repetition.  It is also a great book for counting seeing as Ghost meets more friends along the way!!

Filbert, the Good Little Fiend
by Hiawyn Oram, Jimmy Liao

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Candlewick Press 
Daddy and Mommy Fiend want their little Filbert to be gruesome and ghastly, but he won’t trample or terrify, roar or holler. He’d much rather help an old lady with her bags or go bird-watching. What are they to do with him? When Filbert starts school, he quickly learns that good behavior isn’t tolerated in class, and he is banished outside until he can act like a proper little fiend. Suddenly a little angel appears, flying fast and furious until...bump! Could this naughty Angel-School dropout be just the friend Filbert needs? Could they find a way together to make everyone accept them as they are?
Sometimes people (and monsters) just don't understand that it is okay to be different. In this adorable book, Filbert finds an unexpected pal who helps him see that he is just fine the way he is and helps him show everyone else that too!

Vampire Baby
by Kelly Bennett

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Candlewick Press 
When Tootie gets her first teeth, it’s clear to her big brother that she’s no ordinary baby. But how to convince Mom and Dad?

It happens overnight: little sister Tootie goes from cuddly, ga-ga-googoo, I-want-my-ba-ba baby...vampire baby. Now she’s sinking her pointy fangs into everything — furniture, toys, and especially her big brother ("Youch, Tootie! No bite!" ). Mom insists that it’s just a phase, but Tootie’s brother knows better. Just look at her hairline! Or the fact that all her favorite foods are bloodred! With perfect comic timing, Kelly Bennett and Paul Meisel give a fresh slant to the new-baby story, proving that even monstrous little arrivals have a funny way of staking their siblings’ affections.
  I have to say that I have often thought my siblings were strange, but never pegged them for vampire babies! Tootie, however, definitely fits the bill. This cute story of one sibling trying to get used to the new baby and all her oddities is a must have for all parents with new babies coming in. The lesson learned is... well, you will just have to read it! 

Happy reading all!!

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