I am an avid reader so I always try to pass my love of books onto my children. I love buying holiday books and Halloween is no exception. This year we got to review 3 great Halloween Books from Candlewick Press.
Vampire Baby by Kelly Bennett, Illustrated by Paul Meisel
July 2013 | HC: 9780763646912 | $15.99 | Ages 4-7 | 32 pages
When Tootie gets her first teeth, it’s clear to her big brother that she’s no ordinary baby. But how to convince Mom and Dad?
It happens overnight: little sister Tootie goes from cuddly, ga-ga-goo-goo, I-want-my-binky baby to . . .vampire baby. Now she’s sinking her pointy fangs into everything—furniture, toys, and especially her big brother (“Youch, Tootie! No bite!”).Mom insists that it’s just a phase, but Tootie’s brother knows better. Just look at her hairline! Or the fact that all her favorite foods are blood red! With perfect comic timing, Kelly Bennett and Paul Meisel give a fresh slant to the new-baby story, proving that even monstrous little arrivals have a funny way of staking their siblings’ affections.
Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Illustrated by Adam Record
July 2013 | HC: 9780763655297 | $15.99 | 3-7 years | 32 Pages
Boo! Watch out for this rollicking, cumulative counting book for a Halloween treat that’s more playful than scary.
When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears . . . a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter . . . a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn—and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you’ll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!
Filbert, the Good Little Fiend by Hiawyn Oram, Illustrated by Jimmy Liao
July 2013 | HC: 9780763658700 | $15.99 | Ages 3-7 | 32 pages
A little fiend who’s too good for his own good befriends an angel who is too naughty—and together they concoct a clever plan.
Daddy and Mommy Fiend want their little Filbert to be gruesome and ghastly, but he won’t trample or terrify, roar or holler. He’d much rather help an old lady with her bags or go bird-watching. What are they to do with him? When Filbert starts school, he quickly learns that good behavior isn’t tolerated in class, and he is banished outside until he can act like a proper little fiend. Suddenly a little angel appears, flying fast and furious until . . . bump! Could this naughty Angel-School dropout be just the friend Filbert needs? Could they find a way together to make everyone accept them as they are?
My take: I let the boys pick the order of the books and they both immediately chose Ghost in the House. While they enjoyed that title and Filbert, the Good Little Fiend it was The Vampire Baby that was their all time favorite (mine as well). Having a baby sister of their own who is teething definitely resonated with this book. None of the three books are scary, in fact they are delightful.
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