6 Halloween kids books from pre-K to grade-schoolers {read}

My daughter, 7 (and quickly approaching 8) is at that age where she needs a bit more from a book.  This week I spent some time sorting through her over-flowing bookshelf, pulling out books that are suddenly too babyish for her (and tucking them away for her little brother).  She now needs more words to read, a more complicated plot and if there is some humor thrown in, awesome!  Sarcasm and jokes are her current favorite literary flavors, so I knew this Halloween I needed some more grown-up books.  Here are 3 I found and LOVE!

pigmares review halloween booksThis little piggy went to the movies…

When a young pig watches monster movies before bed, he’s in for some tail-curling nightmares. From the Phantom Hog of the Opera to the Porker from the Black Lagoon, seventeen poems put a pigmarish spin on creepy classics. Illustrations evoke retro movie posters with hog-wild humor.

Back matter includes information about the movies and literature that inspired each poem.

This book is good for your brain because it provides:
Humorous verse; rhythm and rhyme, classic movie and pop culture history and appreciation.

Ages 7-10


last laughs animal epitaphsNot your average poetry collection.

That poor old chicken never saw it coming. Neither did the owl who was slain by one of his own. And what about that bear who just wanted to lose a little more weight? If only he hadn’t insisted on hibernating for quite so long…

Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and the inimitable Jane Yolen team up in this ironic and witty take on the last moments in the lives of a variety of animals. Each poem in this darkly humorous collection is an epitaph of a different animal. Grouped by animal type, these posthumous poems are full of clever wordplay and macabre humor that will appeal to kids (and adults) of all ages.

Aside from the comical nature of this book of poetry, complemented perfectly by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins’ dark yet amusing illustrations, the length of the poems—which range from one to eighteen lines—create an inviting way to introduce readers to this often intimidating form of literature.

This book is good for your brain because it provides:
Poetry, rhythm and rhyme, good for the reluctant reader, humorous, life science, animal study, figurative language, word play

Ages 7-10

frankenstein takes the cakeNo one ever said it was easy being a monster. Take Frankenstein, for instance: He just wants to marry his undead bride in peace, but his best man, Dracula, is freaking out about the garlic bread. Then there’s the Headless Horseman, who wishes everyone would stop drooling over his delicious pumpkin head. And can someone please tell Edgar Allan Poe to get the door already before the raven completely loses it? Sheesh.

In a wickedly funny follow-up to the bestselling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Adam Rex once again proves that monsters are just like you and me. (Well, sort of.)


Pre-K reads

For our younger readers, I have 3 great Halloween picture books.  These contain less grown-up kid humor and are easier reads!

alice and gretaAlice is a good witch. And Greta… well, Greta and trouble are never far apart.

Alice spends her time helping others by weaving her enchanting spells. All Greta does is wreak havoc. But when a forgotten spell comes back to haunt her, Greta’s stuck learning something she should have learned long ago.

Ages 3-6





bats in the bandA late-spring night sky fills with bats flocking to a theater, already echoing and booming with delightful sounds of music. Bat music—plunky banjoes, bat-a-tat drums, improvised instruments, country ballads, and the sweet cries of a bat with the blues.

Join this one-of-a-kind music festival as the bats celebrate the rhythm of the night, and the positive power of music. Brian Lies’s newest celebration of bats and their dazzling, dizzying world will lift everyone’s spirits with joyous noise and cheer!

Portions of book sales go to Bat Conservation International.

small blue and the deep dark nightWhen Small Blue wakes up in the middle of the night, she thinks of hungry things . . . and warty things . . . and hairy things! But are they really as scary as they seem?

With the help and comfort of Big Brown, Small Blue slowly begins to imagine fun things in the dark instead of scary ones. Jon Davis’s whimsical text and illustrations featuring a sweet father-daughter duo ensure that neither the night nor the unknown will be scary again.


Copies were provided by publishers to facilitate this review.

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