PreS-Gr 1 —The dynamic feathered duo return with an introduction to Halloween for young readers. Duck and Goose are discussing the upcoming holiday when Thistle, another feathered friend, happens upon them. The next day, the pair get dressed for Halloween as a ghost and a superhero. They join their forest friends for trick-or-treating.
An owl, costumed as a daisy, informs Duck and Goose that a swamp monster is looking for them. When they see a slimy green creature running toward them, the frightened duo jump into some bushes. Feeling doomed, Goose summons the courage to confront the swamp monster with his friend.
Hills skillfully uses oil, acrylic, and colored pencil to render his colorful backgrounds and the ever-lovable animal characters. Older children will simply enjoy a return of these beloved characters and their antics. Sure to be a storytime favorite. Jaramillo, Susie. PreS-Gr 1 —Children can practice their numbers while singing and dancing with a delightful group of skeletons. In her now trademark bilingual concertina format, Jaramillo introduces children to a Mexican counting song.
A clock with movable hands at the start of the book will help them keep track of the graveyard fun. The English translation is just as effective, playing with the word tomb.
Readers familiar with other books in the series will recognize some of the characters, only this time in friendly skeleton shapes, the illustrations all in black-and-white as befits the theme of the song. Observant readers will discover a surprise bonus: the cover glows in the dark!
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Long, Ethan. Bunny is the only one who recognizes the heart for what it is, and when she announces it to the others, shock and horror ensue. A hilarious discussion of what exactly love is and how it is expressed occurs. Bunny explains that a kiss on the lips is the ultimate expression of love. Vlad and the others, except Fran, decry the yuckiness of it all. Fran leaves once he can no longer take the ridiculous behavior of his friends and meets up with the source of all the fuss. Then he remembers what love really is.
A first purchase that does double holiday storytime duty. Murguia, Bethanie. Levine Bks. PreS-Gr 1 —Papa offers to tell the kids a bedtime story. Grace, the brave older child, wants it to be creepy and scary. His sister assures him that all will be fine. She will have her wand with them for protection. Papa starts the story with the two children going for a walk in the forest on a dark night.
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This is a bit too scary for Walter, so Papa adds harmless fireflies. This book does a good job of balancing gentle and slightly scary details. The background during the bedtime story is dark and muted. The illustrations of the children are bright enough to stand out against the murkiness. Even the family dog gets in on the act. Rylant, Cynthia. Toddler-PreS —Herbert, like many other young children, is just a little bit anxious about his first Halloween. The text is simple yet conversational. The clear but somewhat muted illustrations allow for a slow, thoughtful exploration about this upcoming challenge.
Father is very patient, letting Herbert make his own decisions about what he will be and carefully measuring the little one step-by-step for a tiger costume. As his courage grows, so will that of the children enjoying his story. The pumpkins are carved with happy faces and named Jack, which will help dispel fear of the holiday. The spread depicting the overview of neighborhood children out trick-or-treating is somewhat lit; readers will be able to identify all the costumes. Rylant and Henry know children well and it shows; this book is sure to become a dog-eared favorite.
Day care centers and new parents will appreciate it greatly. Schwartz, Alvin. ISBN ; pap. K-Gr 2 —Newly illustrated by Rivas, this standard easy reader title will be a charming addition to holiday shelves. Young readers craving something creepy will find much to appreciate in these seven not too scary selections. The entries are sufficiently scary for beginning readers who will likely delight in reading and retelling them. Shea, Bob. The Scariest Book Ever. When he goes into the woods he is frightened away by the monsters, but then learns that it is just the animals in costume.
He enjoys the joke, the party, and the cupcakes. The book is full of funny artwork with bright colors and comic characters. The realization that the ghost is essentially naked after taking off his sheet to wash will also amuse young readers. Sloat, Teri.
These books are fun for Halloween with just the right amount of scare. Enjoy!
On a Broom. Little, Brown. PreS-Gr 1 —In this counting book, rhyming text follows one, two, three, and up to 10 witches as they gather on a single broom for a perilously crowded flight. They zip, glide, and dive as they haunt, chant, incant, rave, and rant. Detailed ink sketches of each individual witch a diverse collection of cartoon characters highlighted in watercolor fill scenes of towering castles, a helpful resident dragon, animated skeletons tending the graveyard, and nighttime frolics around cauldrons.
Stine, R. Mary McScary. Giant spiders, a ferocious gorilla, slimy snakes, a hungry hippo—Mary moans in despair as each dastardly deed backfires. Harry cuddles with the spiders, rides the gorilla, hugs the snakes, and tickles the hippo. Just when it seems like the red-haired fiend will give up, Mary concocts her most devious scheme yet: a kiss! With a long scream, Harry flees, and Mary reminds readers why she is truly scary. Taylor, Sean. PreS-Gr 1 —A conversation between Little Monster and an unseen narrator plays out through a series of alternating visual spreads.
Initially, the purple monster is positioned on a solid white background. As the narrator begins telling a story, the monster enters the scene like a movie backdrop. As details about the tale change, the monster goes in and out of the scene as it shifts. Capturing the exact teetering feeling of a child who wants to be adventurous, Little Monster is simultaneously thrilled and afraid.
Eventually he decides that he wants to do the scaring, taking control of the narrative and turning it around. The digital illustrations look as though they were created with markers, making them well suited to the idea of a child coming up with ideas. VERDICT A fun premise, imaginative book design, and appealing illustrations make this book a terrific choice for spooky-themed storytimes. Libraries are always evolving. Stay ahead.
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