Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Two more favorite not-too-scary picture books for Halloween

Halloween storytimes at the library always seem to attract families with younger children, so it's necessary to read and tell stories that are thrilling but not too chilling. Here is an excellent new picture book that fits the bill:

The orange/black/white illustrations are stylish, yet have plenty of kid-appeal, and are dramatic enough to carry all the way to the back of the room. There is only a sentence or two on every page, telling a story that will appeal to every preschooler - a witch-girl rids a haunted house of unhappy-looking ghosts by catching them and allowing them to serve double-duty as blankets, curtains, a table-cloth, and the like. This reminds me of the satisfying ending to The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, in which the pumpkin creature is overjoyed to find his true calling as a scarecrow.

Another great book for preschool Halloween storytimes is:

A skeleton with hiccups tries all sorts of methods to cure himself - until finally his own reflection scares them away. Laugh-out-loud illustrations and a simple text (with plenty of "Hic! Hic!" sound effects for children to join in with) make this a perfect preschool story - and not just for Halloween.

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