Wednesday, October 29, 2014



A young witch's sweet tooth leads to Halloween mischief in this companion to the New York Times bestselling A Very Brave Witch, which School Library Journal called a humorous, not-scary-at-all read-aloud.

It's Halloween night, and one very brave witch has decided to teach her little sister all about humans and what they enjoy, including some yucky stuff called candy. But when it seems the little Witchling thinks candy is yum, her big sister flies off to set her straight and then she gets stuck in a tree! Good thing the little Witchling isn't afraid to be brave!


This picture book makes for an entertaining look at Halloween from a different angle.  When I look for read-alouds I always look for something different that the students hasn't heard before.  In this book the main character is an honest-to-goodness witch who has been taught her whole life that humans are dangerous.  But she learned in A VERY BRAVE WITCH that she was braver than the other witches.  In this book she seeks to teach her little sister about the humans so she won't be so afraid of them either.  But to her surprise, her little sister thinks candy is yummy, so she swipes her older sister's broom and goes off to find more.  After some amusing adventures, Witchling and her sister return home to bed.  A fun read aloud that looks at Halloween from a different perspective.


From the author of the popular Goodnight, Little Monster and a character designer for Pixar films comes a delightful rhyming romp through an old haunted house. Vibrantly painted illustrations lead three children through the house, where new creatures await in each room. Readers can count along as they see Pa goblin and his wee goblins four and witches and ghosts, and so many more. Just the right blend of spooky fun, this book is a can't-miss treat for Halloween.


At the Old Haunted House is a counting book perfect for sharing at Halloween.  All the monsters gather at the old haunted house for a party.  Each group (ghosts, vampires, cats, bats, etc.) prepares for the party by doing an appropriate activity (the cats howl in an old dead tree, the vampires show their fangs and hiss).  Luckily the monsters are actually pretty cute and appealing in the illustrations.  This is a fun way to practice counting while celebrating Halloween.


When he entered a dusty costume store,one that he hadn't seen before

He got what he'd bargained for . . . and more.

Enter the Monsterator if you dare.

Put a coin in the slot . . . but beware!

Join Master Edgar Dreadbury as he discovers the Monsterator, a machine that changes people into monsters in this spooky Halloween adventure from Keith Graves.


While there are many monster books out there for children, this one is unique in that the main character actually turns into a monster thanks to the Monsterator machine.  And the twist at the end is an interesting one that most of the children I read the book to did not see coming.  The winning element though seems to be the chance to chose what the monster looks like (the flaps that cover the main character at the end were a big hit with the second graders I shared this with).  Unfortunately the flaps make this impractical for a library, but a surefire hit with young readers.  I was a little worried at first that the book might be too scary for younger readers, but that did not prove to be the case at all.  

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