Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Books That Aren't About Halloween

Thanks to all the zombies and werewolves in YA and Adult lit these days, it has creeped into Children's books. Which makes Halloweenish books that have nothing to do with Halloween plentiful this year. They are mostly picture books with monsters, skeletons, ghosts and bats and creepy things. I like to think of them as seasonal books... that are cool all year round. And it means I don't have to put a Halloween sticker on them and hide them in the back room for 11 months out of the year. Which I think is pretty stupid btw, kids don't care when they read about Halloween.

When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor.
When a monster is born, there are two possibilities—Either it’s a faraway-in-the-forests monster, or . . .it’s an under-your-bed monster.If it’s a faraway-in-the-forests monster, that’s that.But if it’s an under-your-bed monster, all sorts of comical things can happen.Read it at bedtime and laugh your pajamas off . . .or read it during the day and laugh your socks off!- From Goodreads
This book was a hoot! I classify it as one of those books written for the adults and the kids. It has bright comic book illustrations, quick lines of rhyming and repeating text in varying fonts on each page. Great read aloud!

Substitute Creacher
The troublemaking students of Ms. Jenkins' class arrive at school one day to discover a substitute creacher has come to put a stop to their monkey business! He regales them with mind-boggling stories about his former students who didn't follow the rules: Keith the glue-eater, Zach the daydreamer, and Hank the prankster, to name a few. But even this multi-tentacled, yellow-spotted, one-eyed monster's cautionary tales about the consequences of mischief-making can't seem to change the students' wicked ways until he reveals the spookiest and most surprising story of all: his own.
This is written like a comic book so the pictures are fantastic. This book could actually be a back to school book, or set up during the Halloween season.

Zombie in Love
Mortimer is looking for love. And he’s looking everywhere! He’s worked out at the gym (if only his arm wouldn’t keep falling off). He’s tried ballroom dancing lessons (but the ladies found him to be a bit stiff). He’s even been on How’s a guy supposed to find a ghoul? When it seems all hope has died, could the girl of Mortimer’s dreams be just one horrifying shriek away?
This book is my absolute favorite, I only have had one chance to read it since it has been checked out ever since. The illustrations are as fantastic as the story.

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