By Thirteen for Halloween on Oct 18, 2008 | In Halloween Stories
The abolute best of all the 2008 new release Halloween childrens books:
- On A Scary Scary Night (Can You See What I See?) : OK. Absolutely awesome!!! This book is so, so cool. From the photographer of the I SPY series. They built a set worthy of a full-scale stop animation film like "Nightmare before Christmas" and then photographed it for the images in this book. It is so amazingly detailed. The story concept is taken from the well-known "In a dark, dark wood" classic. You start far away from this incredible castle, work your way through the village, inside and up the top most room where there is a cabinet and on a shelf of that cabinet is a bottle and in the bottle is a . . . well, you just have to see it. Did I say it was amazing? It absolutely knocked my socks off.
- Ghosts in the House! : This book is beyond cute. The 3-color artwork is striking and decidedly Halloween (black, orange and white) with a story that even the very young will appreciate and find amusing. Nothing scary here, this is just pure fun.
- Bats at the Library : This is another fun story. It is about bats who visit the library when the librarian leaves the window open and what they do inside. What makes this book stand out are the beautiful, finely detailed illustrations. Again, not a scary book, but it make the library look like such an exciting place that your kids will be begging you to go themselves.
Just so you know these aren’t just random selections, Dixie (my 1st grade teaching wife) and I look at every new Halloween book we can find, and we both agree, these are the cream of the 2008 Halloween releases for kids.
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