My favorite time of year my spookies!!! I love it when I can call you 'my spookies'. It's OCTOBER 1 and I'm going to slap you with not one, but two Halloween booklists this week, so you can RUN, FLEE and DASH to the library and be able to read Halloweeny books all month long.
'Gus and the Baby Ghost' by Jane Thayer before but lets have a deeper conversation about it. I own this book, and I've owned it since I was 5 or 6. THAT'S A VERY LONG TIME TO KEEP A BOOK. I kid you not, it was my favorite book from that age. I was obsessed with this book. A sweet ghost takes in a baby orphan ghost, much to the chagrin of his cranky human museum curator friend. THEY CHANGE BABY GHOST'S DIAPERS! You must seek out this book.
Just got 'Miss Flora McFlimsey's Halloween' by Mariana from the library and I'm stoked, yo, because I own and love her 'Easter Bonnet' book. Cute cute cute! She has a cat named Pookoo. That should sell you right there. Flora is a little doll who has adorable adventures. It doesn't matter what she does, it's all adorable. In this story, Flora's home is overrun by goblins.
Last year, I bought the newly reissued 'Old Black Witch' by Harry Devlin, and Julia and I read it over and over and over. If you only look for one book on this list (you're misguided and shortsighted, let's imagine), go for this one. OMG I love it so much. A witch who wakes up after 200 years and her house has been turned into a tea shop. TEA SHOP and WITCHES!!!! So fun and the art, can you believe her face? The awesomest.
I'm excited for 'Cranberry Halloween' because 'Cranberry Thanksgiving' is utterly fantastic and these books are just old-fashionedy little stories about life in a small New England town. And guess who wrote it?? SEE THE ABOVE conversation about 'Old Black Witch'.
(you can also find the Wende and Harry Devlin books at Purple House Press. glorious reissues!)
Ah, 'The Witch Family' by the great Eleanor Estes. So, I read this book as a 4th grader and I was beyond enchanted. I just couldn't get enough of this book. But it was a library book and we parted ways and I never owned a copy and then I forgot about it and then I tried to remember the title and couldn't and I had to scour the internet and I finally found a site (which I can't recall, Stump the Bookseller or something?) and I remembered the title and ordered the book! And now Julia is old enough to have it read to her!!! AND I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!
A witch family. Created by two little girls' imaginations, but they become real. A little witch girl who goes to witch school and has A BEST FRIEND WHO'S A MERMAID and lives in a cave of crystal glass. This book is seriously magical. If you have a 7-10 year old girl who has not read this book, go get it RIGHT NOW.
I am so gloriously excited that it's Halloween-time!
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