Candlewick Press is one of my favorite publishers of children’s books. They sent me a great package of Halloween books recently that I have been enjoying reading with my children.
Trick or Treat? by Melanie Walsh is an interactive book with flaps that children can open and close. This one is my two year old’s favorite of the bunch. The flaps are sturdy and open and close easily without tearing. One of the flaps looks like a door and has trick or treaters dressed as a skeleton and cat behind it. Jackson thinks they are in “time out”. The age recommendation on this book is 3-5 years but I think it’s suitable for younger- my 9 month old enjoys it too!
And Then Comes Halloween by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Holly Meade is a picture book for 4-7 year olds. This one was my personal favorite. Written in poetry style, this book covers all of Halloween’s rituals from pumpkin carving to costume making with descriptions of the season so vidid you can almost smell the fall air.
The Bag of Bones by Vivian French and illustrated by Ross Collins is a longer book for children age 8-12. I didn’t get a chance to read this one so here is the description from Candlewick: “When the quill writes GO GO GO frantically on the wall, and the House of the Ancient Crones heaves Gracie Gillypot outside onto the path, it can mean only one thing: there’s Trouble in the Five Kingdoms. This time it’s in the form of a beady-eyed, green-tongued witch named Truda Hangnail, who with her banished Deep Magic has vowed to succeed Queen Bluebell on the throne. Will the strengths, smarts, and charms of a spunky trueheart, a sweet-natured orphan, a scruffy prince, a substantial troll, and two squabbling bats be enough to foil her insidious plot?”
Tucker’s Spooky Halloween by Leslie McGuirk is another cute board book for ages 2-5. It’s a story about a little dog who doesn’t want to wear a “cute” costume again this Halloween. His attempt at looking scary makes Jackson giggle, especially when he wraps himself in toilet paper to become a mummy. I just hope he doesn’t take Tucker’s brilliant idea for himself!
Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by John Manders. This lyrical story keeps kids guessing about who little mummy will encounter on his search for his mummy. It’s a little spooky out there in the dark but little mummy isn’t scared…until he encounters an innocent little mouse. We all really like this book- it’s a page turner for sure!
Candlewick Press has offered our readers a chance to win both Scream Street Scream books-
Scream Street: Fang of the Vampire and Scream Street: Blood of the Witch by Tommy Donbavand. Scream Street books are a series of books for ages 8-10. I didn’t receive review copies of Scream Street but they look fun! Visit www.screamstreet.com or watch the book trailer here. Three lucky winners will each receive both copies. Enter to win by filling out the form below. Also, be sure to check out our other giveaways here.
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