“It’s Halloween Night. The moon is out. The pumpkins are aglow.”

Halloween ABC by Sarah Albee; illustrations by Julia Woolf Here come those Little Golden Books that mom, dad and grandparents remember from the days when they sold for a mere 25¢. These original eight wonderful stories and beautifully illustrated and inexpensive children’s books made books accessible to generations of eager readers. Unfortunately, the price has…

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“In a creepy old castle all covered with vines, lived twelve ugly monsters in two crooked lines.”

Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody by Ludworst Bemonster Before reading this Halloween-perfect parody, be sure that you and your young reader share the picture book that it parodies: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. Though it does have a stand alone quality, the comparison to the original picture book that it’s hauntingly based on, will make the giggles…

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The Classic Halloween Tale

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow By Washington Irving; Illustrated by Will Moses Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, her rich landowner father, Baltus, the incorrigible Brom Bones and of course, The Headless Horseman are characters Washington Irving brought to lasting literary fame, along with its pastoral descriptively evocative scenes of Tarrytown, New York. Here is the…

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Who Kidnapped Halloween?

Am I the only one who’s noticed what has sort of insidiously happened to the otherwise happy holiday of Halloween? It’s been KIDNAPPED! I ‘m talking about a fun-filled and fantastical day that’s turned grim, gruesome and ghastly. Halloween has always been a bit frightening, as imaginations and pretend are given free rein. Kids and…

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