A Pile of Halloween Books

October 22, 2014




Well I was going to show you these books little by little over the course of the month, but that hasn't happened (fall for photography is like March/April is for tax preparers, I read just recently), so here's our whole stack of Halloween books all at once. And what's funny is that we haven't read A SINGLE ONE because we're still happily plowing through 'The Witches'. Next week we'll have time to sit down with some of these.

I'm going to slap down some mini reviews b/c 1) I've had the sickies and lost about a week of productivity and 2) lazy. So here we go:

Zen Ghosts: This book kinda blew my mind. There's a Chinese tale-within-the tale thing going on about a spirit girl who is seemingly in two places at once, and there's a whole idea happening of are you you? What's your true self? These are some Deep Thoughts, yo. The art is breathtaking and while a younger kiddo is not going to get any of the Zen philosophy underscoring the story, your 8, 9, 10 year old will be able to ponder upon all this with you. Or maybe explain it to you.

The Power of Poppy Pendle: Julia read this cute chapter book way back last February and it's the only book I've ever seen her just sit down and read for 2 hours straight. My kiddo doesn't sit for 2 hours for much of anything. She powered right on through this thing. And she told me in great detail about every last little bit of the plot. It's super charming about a little girl witch who isn't terribly interested in her magical powers - she wants to be a pastry chef! And at the end of the book, there's about a half dozen recipes for tea cakes, cookies, and other assorted goodies.

Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost: Julia hasn't read this yet, but I found it at a used book store and it's about some kids who team up with an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost) in order to get rid of an IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost). The chapters are short and cute, and it's all very silly and fun.

The Witch Who Went For a Walk: Really beautiful library find with incredible art! Best for the toddler, preschool set, it features a witch strolling around, and seeing and commenting on things like the moon, owls and trick-or-treaters that she sees on her walk.

John Pig's Halloween: This is SUPER darling! Really adorable art and a very cute rhyming story about a timid little pig who wants nothing to do with Halloween activities until a witch crash lands on his stoop. She soon gets him making Halloween treats and hanging out with her Halloweeny pals at an impromptu party.

There ya go, my spookies! What are you all reading during all this Octobery biz??


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11 comments:

  1. The Power of Poppy Pendle looks adorable! I wish our library had it. Sigh. I love Cornelia Funke. I have the Inkheart trilogy on deck to read to the girls. If not next month, I may save it for the dead of winter, after Christmas.

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    1. I've been meaning to get on Inkheart for ages! Thank you for the reminder! I think this is the first Cornelia Funke book I've looked through :)

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  2. Everything Jon J. Muth does is amazing- love philosophy for kids. And The Power of Poppy Pendle looks great- I can't wait until my kids read well enough to sit and read for two whole hours!

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  3. I love this book list! Especially the Poppy Pendle one! What an interesting take on the age old witch story! And the cover looks super cute!

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    1. I love the cover! that's why i first noticed it!

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  4. So is Poppy a chapter book? Sounds very cute!! I'm in need of some Halloween book inspiration this year…you always come through :)

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    1. Yes, doll! It's a chapter book!!! Really fun :)

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    2. And thank you, i was feeling really guilty about not getting enough Halloween material up on the blog, but hopefully this smattering gives some good inspiration!

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