Book Picks: Halloween
The air is crisp, the apples are ready for picking, and there are pumpkins everywhere. It’s October and Halloween is just around the corner. Although I dread the arrival of colder weather, there’s no better to better way to fight the autumn chills than a under cozy blanket a good book. So grab your favorite fleece, sip a cup of apple cider, and get in the harvest spirit with these more-silly-than-spooky Halloween reads.
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. He loves them so much that he could just never get enough of them…but one day, he becomes convinced that the carrots might be fighting back. CREEPY! Jasper Rabbit devises a very creative way to deal with his fear, and this surprise ending will have you’re your little carrot lover cheering! You’ll also be delighted by the illustrations in this Caldecott honor book. Every page looks like a frame from an old black and white film. This might just make you cheer–not creepy, but CREATIVE!
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
The witch and her cat follow many twists and turns as they ride through the story on an ever crowded-broom. This book is written in couplet form and feels rather reminiscent of Dr. Seuss. The sing-song effect that’s created will allow your little one to guess the next line, and might inspire a Halloween poem of her very own. The tale ends with a nod toward the triumph of teamwork when a broken broom is replaced by a super-deluxe model with upholstered seats for everyone!
Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis
This holiday themed book is the sequel to Apha Oops! The Day Z Went First, written by a local author, Alethe Kontis, who resides in Murfreesboro, TN. Although the book starts off in a predictable manner, “A is for—“ it quickly tumbles into alphabetic chaos: “H is for Halloween. Z is for zombie.” The letters get all dressed up for the occasion in costumes such as goblins and yetis. I love the way this book gets children playing with letters and language. It illustrates the fact that letter in real life don’t occur in alphabetic order, and it’s even more fun that way. For the child who needs to keep track, there’s a running record of the letters introduced so far, at the bottom of each page. A small character places them in the traditional order, so you can see how many letters are left to go.
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