HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! It’s the big day and today I can’t wait to get dressed up and go trick or treating. It’s the one day of the year when me and my brothers can pig out and eat all the candy we want, because tomorrow, the candy disappears. Mommy doesn’t particularly like candy in the house. She said it’s bad for our health, but she however does buy the organic lollipops and give them out sparingly. However mommy doesn’t mind the holiday in itself, just not the candy. If there is one thing that mommy wouldn’t mind me getting unlimited supplies of in my trick or treat basket is however books. For as long as I remember, I’ve always had books and lots of them in my room. I have more than one bookcase that is just filled with books and I know that I have more to get before I become an adult. With this being Halloween I needed a few books that would be great for the night after the trick or treating is over. I was sent these 2 great Halloween books that are just perfect for kids. Today I want to share them with you. While I call them my Halloween books, they can be read all year round.
First I want to introduce you to Ghost in the House: A Lift-the-Flap Book, written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record.
More delightful than frightful, this lift-the-flap cumulative counting book follows a little ghost as he slip-slides through a dark and creaky house. At every turn a new ghoulish friend surprises the ghost, then joins him on his trek. The best surprise is saved for last: who do you think is the spookiest creature of all?
This book was truly a delight and encouraged me to count to five. Noticed the rhyme there? We start off with a ghost in the house and before every page there is a sound, followed by lifting the flap to reveal the next character we get to meet in the book. The suspense continues until we get to the end where we meet the scariest monster of them all. I loved turning the pages and hearing the sounds being made. The illustrations aren’t frightening and it was a “hoot” to read until the end. Ghost is the House is recommended for ages 3-7.
Next up is Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise, written by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Jean Jullien.
Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl. He is a master of disguise! In the blackness of night, he’s preparing to swoop on his prey before it can realize his dastardly tricks. Look there—a tasty rabbit for him to eat! Hoot Owl readies his costume, disguising himself as . . . a carrot! Then he waits. The rabbit runs off. Never mind! Surely his next juicy target will cower against such a clever and dangerous creature as he! Kids will hoot at Sean Taylor’s deliciously tongue-in-beak narration, belied by the brilliantly comical illustrations of Jean Jullien.
If you’re looking for a book that rhymes then look again. There is no rhyme in this but there is reason. Hoot Owl thinks he’s the ultimate master of disguise but in reality he isn’t. He comes up with these costumes in the hopes that he will be able to get a meal of the animals that he wants to eat. Unfortunately for him no one falls for this disguises and luckily for me, they weren’t harmed. He did manage to get some delicious pizza in the end which works out great for all of us. The illustrations reminded me of drawings from a grade school classroom, with that cartoon character feel which totally makes the book perfect for kids. This is another book that you’ll want to read over and over again. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise is recommended for kids ages 3-7.
These two books are great for after a night of trick or treating and tonight I’ll be reading them right before bedtime. If you haven’t picked up books for Halloween as yet I would recommend getting these two for your collection.
Let’s discuss: What will you be reading at bedtime tonight after the sugar rush?
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