Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween List

I read quite a few Halloween books over the last few weeks and I fell in love with a few.  While it is after Halloween I share them with you so you will be prepared for next year. 

Last night Peaceful girl and I read Hush, Baby Ghostling (2009) by Andrea Beaty and Pascal Lemaitre.  This writing team is also responsible for the great Doctor Ted and Firefighter Ted.  We really liked the coziness of Hush, Baby Ghostling and little girl loved comparing ghostling's life to hers.   "Ahh, he's going to bed during the day."  "Ohhh, he likes the lights all out-not one bit of light." It was cool to listen to her figure out ghost mama loves her baby too!  4/5 peaceful stars

One of my favorites this year is Boris and Bella (2004) by Carolyn Crimi and Cris Grimly.  I read this to Peaceful girl, because it is about a messy monster (like her) and Peaceful husband, because it's a sweet love story!  Boris is neat and tidy and Bella, quite messy and they, of course, don't like each other!  When each decide to have a Halloween party they are sadly disappointed when they find out everyone is heading to Harry Beastie's party instead.  They can't resist and end up there themselves-the rest is monster history!  If this book is ever made into a feature length film I vote for Helena Bonham Carter to play Bella!! 5/5 peaceful stars

I actually read Anne Rockwell's (2001)Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night  a lot in the last few weeks.  It demonstrates how a fiction book, with imaginary characters, can give us true information.  This book does a great job of showing students the whole pumpkin to jack-o-lantern experience.  Not all students get to design, scoop out slimy pumpkin guts, and create a glowing pumpkin face-this book does just that.  I am a big fan of Anne Rockwell's books.

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie (2005) by Denys Cazet is a rollicking fun time of a read with any grade.  The detailed illustrations lend a creepy atmosphere and the refrain will have kids "reading" with you.  It goes like this:
"Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkin pie! I must have one before I die.  It must be round and brown as toast, or I'll haunt this house a hungry ghost.  It must be perfect, or a ghost I'll stay, and haunt this house and never, ever go awaaaaaaay!" said by the creepy and dead Mr. Wilkerson.

Pumpkin Circle-great nonfiction read-aloud as well!  What were your favorite Halloween books this year?

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