Monday, October 29, 2007

Frankenstein and the Mummy walk into a bar...

Best Halloween books from Your Beighborhood Librarian (somebody misspelled it that way on a computer at work and I thought, "Finally!"). Just in case you were scratching your head for Halloween inspiration and didn't come up with these, some of which are totally obvious.

Frankenstein makes a sandwich by Adam Rex. Worth wallpapering your playrooom with.

Monster Goose by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Jack E. Davis. Good gross-out rhymes.

Horowitz horror: stories you'll wish you'd never read by Anthony Horowitz. I read adult horror, and I was kind of freaked out by some of these. Great for a classroom read-aloud.

The works of my mother's old friend Mary Downing Hahn.

All Hallows' Eve: 13 stories by Vivian Vande Velde. You can rely on VVV for a good creepy story - this book, up a notch on the scare-o-meter from There's a dead person following my sister around, is a good recommendation for teens.

The Dream Stealer by Gregory Maguire. Reviewed earlier by me.

The Squampkin Patch by J.T. Petty. MotherReader plugged this and I read it last night. My new favorite gruesome funny book - funnier than Roald Dahl (I said it!), more ruthless than Lemony Snicket.

The perfect pumpkin pie by Denys Cazet. A ghost story with a granny with an attitude.

Z is for Zombie by Merrily Kutner and John Manders. More silly scary rhymes.

The skull alphabet book by Jerry Pallotta and Ralph Masiello. Not so much a read-aloud, this one is fantastic for the art, the information, and the riddles.

Ryan Heshka's ABC Spook Show. Totally cool illustrations.

And if you have a small group of under-8's, try to get your hands on Mommy? by Maurice Sendak. The spinning mummy will have them riveted.