Tuesday, October 17, 2017

HALLOWEEN-RELATED PICTURE BOOKS: Creepy Pair of Underwear/Halloween Good NIght/Duck & Goose Honk! Quack! Boo!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He’s not afraid of the dark, and he’s definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow. If Jasper didn’t know any better he’d say his undies were a little, well, creepy. Jasper’s not scared obviously, he’s just done with creepy underwear. But after trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back!

REVIEW

There are some words that automatically elicit giggles from young children.  Underwear happens to be one of those words.  If you take a giggle-inducing word and combine it glow-in-the-dark green and a young rabbit who refuses to be 'little' anymore, you end up with this book.  Having just read this to a bunch of first graders, I can safely say that this is a surefire hit.  And the twist at the end sent us all into peals of laughter.  I normally read a book before sharing with my students, but I didn't this time.  Having already shared Reynolds' Creepy Carrots with students before I knew it would be a winner.  But it was interesting reading the book for the first time with an audience.  It was like I was in their shoes, hearing it for the first time.  The book looks scarier than it ends up being.  Jasper's efforts to get rid of the 'creepy' underwear are rather amusing, as is the fact that the underwear somehow keeps finding it's way back. If you are looking for a Halloween book that is just scary enough, with plenty of giggles involved, I can highly recommend this one.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Count up to ten and back again with this sweet and clever Halloween bedtime story starring your favorite monsters!

Gliding through the moonlight
come the monsters big and small,
sliding up your stairway
and oozing down your hall.
They aren’t very scary,
in fact they’re rather sweet.
So snuggle into bed and let them whisper,
“Trick or treat!”


REVIEW

This revised version of a well-known rhyme gathers together various monsters (werewolves, globsters, imps, vampires, and more for a bedtime party.  But the girl knows what's up and takes care of things before they get out of hand.  While the rhymes could be scary, the illustrations favor cuteness softening any rough edges.  Lots of fun words are mixed in making for a fun read aloud and counting story.   



ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s Halloween in the meadow, and the beloved, classic, and New York Times bestselling feathered friends Duck & Goose are ready for trick-or-treating!

Duck is going as a spooky ghost. Goose is going as a brave superhero. And Thistle’s costume . . . well, that's a secret. But what will Duck and Goose do when they hear a very scary swamp monster is looking for them?


REVIEW

Tad Hills has written and illustrated another adorable book about best friends, Duck & Goose.  Duck is looking forward to Halloween when he gets to dress up and trick or treat.  Goose isn't so sure, especially when their friend Thistle tells them to 'beware the swamp monster'.  As the two friends start trick or treating the next night, things are going well until they find out the swamp monster is looking for them.  Hills' illustrations are adorable as always and enough hints are provided to make this a fun Halloween story that isn't too scary, but plenty of fun.

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