Five Spooky & Fun Books for Halloween

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2013-08-04 17.40.34

Halloween Books

 

My little fellas and I love to snuggle together during this cozy time of year.  The cold weather is just starting and winter is on the horizon, our house is set with spooky lights and everything has an air of mystery.  There are few things better in this world than being cuddled up safe with your kids enjoying good books.  For those of you on the search for some new Halloween titles check out the list below featuring a selection for a wide range of ages.

filbert

 

A little fiend who’s too good for his own good befriends an angel who is too naughty—and together they concoct a clever plan.

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Filbert, the good little fiend

by Hiawyn Oram, Illustrated by Jimmy Liao

Daddy and Mommy Fiend want their little Filbert to be gruesome and ghastly, but he won’t trample or terrify, roar or holler. He’d much rather help an old lady with her bags or go bird-watching. What are they to do with him? When Filbert starts school, he quickly learns that good behavior isn’t tolerated in class, and he is banished outside until he can act like a proper little fiend. Suddenly a little angel appears, flying fast and furious until . . . bump! Could this naughty Angel-School dropout be just the friend Filbert needs? Could they find a way together to make everyone accept them as they are?

Ages 3-7 | 32 pages

This book while kid friendly actually touches upon much deeper issues.  Society and school creates a pressure to conform.  Those who don’t fit in surly must be wrong, right? I love that this book showcases Filbert as being completely comfortable in his own skin, while those around him worry and fret.  He has always been Filbert with his own interests and thoughts, it’s those around him that must learn to except him for who he is.  

the music of zombies

The web of power looks smooth and peaceful—until a new threat looms—in the fifth tale from the Five Kingdoms.

THE MUSIC OF ZOMBIES

by Vivian French, Illustrated by Ross Collins

Prince Albion expects a unique occasion when he starts planning Cockenzie Rood Day to celebrate his kingdom—and himself. What he doesn’t expect is boppings on the head and kidnapping, all because a zombie wants to play his fiddle in the talent contest. With a misbehaving path, a romantic bat, and a greedy butler to set them on their way, Gracie Gillypot and Prince Marcus are off on their fifth adventure. It’s up to a Trueheart, a resourceful prince, and Gubble the troll to stop the zombie before he does some giant damage to the Five Kingdoms.

Ages 8-12 | 304 pages

My current 9 year old has started this book, but there are a few too many words for his patience at this point.  I personally recommend the book for the later part of this age range 11 or 12 years old. 

vampire baby

When Tootie gets her first teeth, it’s clear to her big brother that she’s no ordinary baby. But how to convince Mom and Dad?

vampire baby graphics

Vampire Baby

by Kelly Bennett, Illustrated by Paul Meisel

It happens overnight: little sister Tootie goes from cuddly, ga-ga-goo-goo, I-want-my-binky baby to . . . vampire baby. Now she’s sinking her pointy fangs into everything—furniture, toys, and especially her big brother (“Youch, Tootie! No bite!”). Mom insists that it’s just a phase, but Tootie’s brother knows better. Just look at her hairline! Or the fact that all her favorite foods are blood red! With perfect comic timing, Kelly Bennett and Paul Meisel give a fresh slant to the new-baby story, proving that even monstrous little arrivals have a funny way of staking their siblings’ affections.

Ages 4-7 | 32 pages

My boys love this book and I do too.  Every baby goes through a biting phase and this silly book pokes fun at the stage with a brother suspecting his baby sister is in fact, a vampire baby.  This book sparked stories of when my boys were little and going through this phase as well.  Plus the idea of a vampire baby is hilarious to my fun loving little fellas.  This book is a great selection for anyone with more than one child. 

feral nights

Feral Nights

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Fans of the Tantalize quartet will thrill to see werepossum Clyde and other favorite secondary characters—plus all-new ones—take to the fore in Book One of an all-new series.

When sexy, free-spirited werecat Yoshi tracks his sister, Ruby, to Austin, he discovers that she is not only MIA, but also the key suspect in a murder investigation. Meanwhile, Werepossum Clyde and human Aimee have set out to do a little detective work of their own, sworn to avenge the brutal killing of werearmadillo pal Travis. When all three seekers are snared in an underground kidnapping ring, they end up on a remote island inhabited by an unusual (even by shifter standards) species and its cult of worshippers. Their hosts harbor a grim secret: staging high-profile safaris for wealthy patrons with evil pedigrees, which means that at least one newcomer to the island is about to be hunted. As both wereprey and werepredator fight to stay alive, it’s up to mild-mannered Clyde — a perennial sidekick — to summon the hero within. Can he surprise even himself?

14 years and up | 304 pages

Teen fiction has exploded since I was a kid.  Back in the 90’s devout readers like myself didn’t have much created for that age group.  When I was fifteen I was reading Queen by Alex Haley, which one could argue was a good or bad thing.  Today, teens have a plethora of options suited for their age group.  Feral Nights is a great spooky selection for teen readers this Halloween. 

ghost house

Boo! Watch out for this rollicking, cumulative counting book for a Halloween treat that’s more playful than scary.

ghost house images

Ghost in the House

by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Illustrated by Adam Record

When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears . . . a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter . . . a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn—and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you’ll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!

3-7 years | 32 Pages

I love reading sing songy books to my boys and Ghost House is a fun, easy to read selection.  We have a large number of books like this with multiple characters and a rhyming beat, they just never get old.  My boys especially loved the fun illustrations.  My nine year old who can read himself, still loves to listen to ol’ ma read a book while he can study the characters. 

All of these Halloween selections are available for purchase via Candlewick Press.

Comments

  1. What an honor for Vampire Baby to be including in your spooky pics. I’m thrilled your little guys are enjoying reading it.
    Please let everyone know the I Vant My Vampire Baby book give-away is on now through Oct. 31st. All they need to do to enter is view the book trailer and leave a comment. Here are the details:

    http://kellybennett.com/blog/2013/10/i-vant-my-vampire-baby-contest-details

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