Spooky shadows, dastardly darkness, rough and tumble monsters, a sweet wizard-ess, and the grooviest panda you ever did meet; this year's Halloween tales need little more than a dark room and a good flashlight. Oh and we have a little something extra at the end, so read on through!
Zen Ghosts: The crunch of fallen leaves, crisp cool weather, the warm glow of Jack-o-lanterns all mean one thing, Halloween. And nothing goes better with Halloween, then a good ghost story. Zen Ghosts by Jon J Muth is just that. Part fun and whimsy, part mystery and suspense, Zen Ghosts gets the goosebumps going while keeping the scary dreams at bay.
The Dark: For all those little ones who find the dark just a little bit scary, and for big kids too.... what if the dark meant more than the absence of light? What if the dark were someone? Laszlo, dressed in blue footie pajamas, his hair precisely parted, is afraid of the dark, and thinks precisely that. For Laszlo the dark mostly lives in the basement, but one night, when his night-light fails, it arrives in Laszlo’s room. Filled with wonderful illustrations and delightfully spooky narrative, The Dark is the perfect bedtime read.
Where the Wild Things Are: In this Caldecott Medal winner. Max, a wild and naughty boy, is sent to bed without his supper by his exhausted mother. In his room, he imagines sailing far away to a land of Wild Things. Instead of eating him, the Wild Things make Max their king. This special commemorative edition celebrates 40 years of Sendak's classic tale.
Dragon Feathers: Vivid colors, strange and wonderful creatures, and that hat! Brilliantly and gloriously illustrated, Dragon Feathers is the story of one young man's journey to win the heart of the maiden he loves, with lots of adventures and wit thrown in for good measure. The illustrations alone make this book one for the home library.
Shadow: Sometimes, when just the right amount of light hits a vacuum cleaner, it can transform in to elephant...shadows are a magical thing that transform ordinary objects into a wild world of adventure and curiosity in this picture book by Suzy Lee.
Merlina: Poor Merlina just can't seem to get the spell to help her friend right, and the adventure they go on to find a solution is fun and sweet, proving that sometimes the simplest answer is the best one. Autumn is full of colorful magic, and so is the story of Merlina and the Magic Spell, written and illustrated by Daniela Drescher.
***Want a little more spook in your All Hallows' Eve? Turn out all the lights except for the jack-o-lantern and settle into the classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Brought to life in this wonderful and FREE rendition, we dare you not to get goose bumps!
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