Saturday, October 12, 2013

October Book Order!

Ready to be scared silly? Grab your teddy bear and I'll dim the lights. This year's Halloween book order has arrived.

And without further ado, here it is:

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Written by Linda Williams
Illustrations by Megan Lloyd

0nce upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . CLOMP, CLOMP, SHAKE, SHAKE, CLAP, CLAP. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!

Also pictured:

Splat the Cat: What Was That? by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat celebrates Halloween in this fun lift-the-flap book!

When Seymour gets lost in a haunted house, it’s up to Splat and Spike to come to his rescue. Explore the house with your favorite kooky cats as they uncover each new spooky surprise!

Click here to download a spooktastic activity:

You can purchase the plush doll from these online retailers:

Next up...

We slipped these goodies into my grandson's Halloween treat bag:

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Illustrations by Axel Scheffler

Join the witch and her cat for a broomstick adventure!

The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, and each animal asks for a ride on the broom. They climb on, one after the next, until the broom is so heavy that it snaps in two! What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon?

What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon?

(I picked up the plush doll at our local Barnes & Noble.)

My parents gave him the DVD.  I can't wait to watch it:

And here's the link to the official Room on the Broom website:

They have lots of fun activities too:

(We made the finger puppets and magical wand!)

We also gave our grandson this fun new title:

Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak
Illustrations by Wendy Grieb

It’s almost Halloween, and Monster needs to decide what he’s going to be. With so many options—a fireman, a ballerina, a cowboy, a ninja—how will he ever decide?

In this playful, rhyming story, Monster shows young readers that sometimes being creative and daring to try something new are the best solutions.

Check out the book trailer:


I've had this next picture book on my wish list for months:

The Monstore by Tara Lazar
Illustrations by James Burks
The Monstore is a one-stop shop for all your monsterly needs in this enormously funny story that’s full of friendly, kooky creatures.

At the back of Frankensweet’s Candy Shoppe, under the last box of sour gumballs, there’s a trapdoor. Knock five times fast, hand over the bag of squirmy worms, and you can crawl inside The Monstore.

The Monstore is the place to go for all of your monsterly needs. Which is perfect, since Zack definitely has a monsterly need. The problem? His pesky little sister, Gracie, who never pays attention to that “Keep Out” sign on Zack’s door—the one he has made especially for her.

(Fabulous opening line!)

And who could resist this giggly-ghoulish creeper:

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
Illustrations by Dan Santat


Who is Crankenstein?


HE'S ALIVE! He may look like any ordinary boy, but when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or an early bedtime, one little boy transforms into a mumbling, grumbling Crankenstein. When Crankenstein meets his match in a fellow Crankenstein, the results could be catastrophic--or they could be just what he needs to brighten his day!

Here's the official book trailer:

And you've got to see Dan Santat's:


And for the grand finale of this blog post...

This year's birthday present from my parents!

Happy Halloween, Little Critter! by Mercer Mayer

It's Halloween! Little Critter and Little Sister are going to a spooky party at a haunted house. Bobbing for apples and playing Pin the Broom on the Witch are fun—but what kinds of monsters, mummies, and skeletons are lurking in the shadows? Pull back the big flaps to find out!

(I may have to hide this doll from my kids!)

Don't forget to check out the fun activities on the Little Critter website too:

(My grandson's favorite was the Vacation Maze.)

Well that's a wrap, folks. Seven more yummy treats for you to sample this Halloween.  Click here to see more spooktacular picture books from my collection.  Happy munching!

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