Over the past month or so, we have taken out every spooky or Halloweeny book we could get our hands on at the library. We've all put in our votes and these are the ones that came out on top...
Haunted House Party
Written by Matt Mitter and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
Published by Reader's Digest Children's Books
This first book, Haunted House Party was handed down to us from our cousins and I can't seem to find it anywhere. So unfortuanately, you may never get an opportunity to share our love for this great little book. It is a board book and my kids can recite every word in the story. My son is so inspired by this spooky tale that he has chosen to be the main character, Mr. Bones, for Halloween this year! I just made him a nice big yellow bow tie with red polka dots for his outfit.
Vunce Upon a Time
Written by Siobhan Vivian and illustrated by J. Otto Seibold
Published by Chronicle Books LLC 2008
This one I've written about before. Vunce Upon a Time is a fantastic story about a lovable vegetarian vampire named, Dagmar. It's safe to say that this is one of my all time favorite children's books ever! The story is great and the illustrations are outstanding!
The Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Written and illustrated by Denys Cazet
Published by Atheneum Books for young Readers 2005
Denys Cazet's The Perfect Pumpkin Pie is a tale of a "ghostly fussbudget with an appetite for a good pie". We all love this story and the gruesomely fun illustrations. It's a new family favorite!
Vampire Boy's Good Night
Written and illustrated by Lisa Brown
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books 2010
While we all enjoy this book,Vampire Boy's Good Night is my daughter's choice for favorite spooky book. The illustrations are adorable and the characters are very endearing. The story, about a real vampire boy and witch who don't believe that children are real and then find themselves at a children's Halloween party, is super sweet.
Written and illustrated by David Lucas
Published by Andersen Press Ltd. 2009
Cake Girl is another favorite of my daughter's. Witch is lonely and makes Cake Girl for herself for her birthday. Cake Girl teaches Witch about friendship and Witch has the best birthday ever with her new friend. This is a very charming book. We love it!
Skelly the Skeleton Girl
Written and illustrated by Jimmy Pickering
Published by Simon and Schuster 2007
What a great little story about a skeleton girl who finds a bone and searches her haunted mansion to find the owner and a new friend. We've also read Jimmy Pickering's Skelly & Femur and we loved it too! Now having gone to take a peak at his website, we are excited to read some of his other spooky tales!
The Curious Demise of a Contrary Cat
Written by Lynne Berry and illustrated by Luke LaMarca
Published by Simon and Schuster 2006
This last one was chosen by me. The kids aren't as in to it as I think they should be. It could be that they are just too young yet to appreciate the hilarity of this story. Cat gives Witch attitude one too many times and once she's had enough, well, that's the end of poor cat. The pictures are fantastic and the story is really great! Definitely on my list of favorites.
Have a spooktacular Halloween friends!
♥ Andrea ♥