Saturday, October 24, 2015

Review: Newer Halloween Picture Books


The stories and illustrations in the Otter books are always squee-worthy. And a book with end pages covered in candy? Who wouldn't like that?! As usual, Otter has SO many things to do to get ready for Halloween - pumpkin selecting, decorating, and of course making sure everyone has a scary costume. But, what happens when Otter decides the trick-or-treaters are just a little TOO scary? Will she have to hide under the bed with Pig for the rest of the night? A fun little read for any child, but especially one who might not be too sure about those other ghosties and goblins.


It's Halloween, and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class. Unfortunately, he's just too much of a scaredy-cat. He's afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary. And when Mrs. Wimpydimple tells a ghost story in the dark, Splat gets so frightened that he tips over his jack-o'-lantern. But when the lights go back on, the entire class is scared silly by a small, black, furry creature with a big pumpkin head. Whooooo can it be?

Another one along the same vein, children will find it easy to laugh at Splat's goofy facial expressions, and parents may identify with Mother, drily agreeing that, yes, Splat is pretty scary.


Parents will also identify with the search for the perfect costume (this year I had to come up with a lovable devil, Go-Go from Big Hero 6, a gardener, Teddy Roosevelt, Hulk, and a red Lego.) Witch's Cat goes through a rainbow of costume ideas before coming up with a pretty clever one at the end. Adorable, seemingly 3D illustrations you want to run your finger over, this may also inspire a Halloween scene art project.

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