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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Monsters, Witches and Ghosties - Frightfully Fun Picture Books

Halloween isn’t scary. Well, unless you’re looking for a Halloween book to read aloud only to find that all of the holiday books are CHECKED OUT! The horror! But have no fear, tucked within the picture book collection there are monsters, witches and ghosties (Oh my!) ready for home or classroom reading. Here are 13 (spooky!) titles.


by Lynne Berry (JP BER)
 
A busy witch preparing for a spooky party gets fed up with her lazy cat. And you don’t want to make a witch mad!
 



by David Catrow (JP CAT)
 
Rock song lyrics paired with truly creepy illustrations will have school-age kids singing along. 


by Cynthia DeFelice (JP DEF)
 
An old-fashioned ghost story about a man who won’t believe he’s dead and a fiddler who puts him to his final rest.


If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberly (JP EMB)
 
This bright monster frolic adapts a favorite preschool song to get little ones moving and singing.
 

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by Paul Galdone (JP GAL)

A classic ghost story builds suspense as a teeny-tiny woman hears a voice calling for a lost bone. Whooooo!

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by Mary Ann Hoberman (JP HOB)

All sorts of spooky creatures are featured in these little stories.
 

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by Arthur Howard (JP HOW)

A witch looks for an appropriately creepy pet but finds out that looks don’t matter when finding a creature to love.

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by Patrick McDonnell (JP MCD)

Three big, bad monsters build another monster with unexpected results. Hint: He’s bigger but not badder.  


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by Neil Numberman (JP NUM)

 A new kid in town shares all the reasons why building a Frankenstein monster is really not a good idea.


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by Ann Marie Pace (JP PAC)

Things can be difficult for a vampire girl who just wants to dance the ballet, but it all works out nicely.
 

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by Jimmy Pickering (JP PIC)

Visit Skelly’s spooky world as she tries to return a lost bone to its owner. (Spoiler alert: The owner’s a dog.)

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by William Steig (JP STE)

A bored witch plays with magic and become obsessed with revenge in this longer story for older kids.

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by Ed Vere (JP VER)
 
A monster may be hungry or just want a kiss. Gentle suspense and cartoony monsters make this tale perfect for younger readers.  

-Pamela Wasserman Coughlan, Kings Park Library

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