New Monster and Halloween Books
Spookie Pookie by Sandra Boynton
Don’t you just love Sandra Boynton board books? My kids ADORED her writing and illustrations when they were littler. This cute Halloween book shows how Pookie makes a decision about what to wear as a Halloween costume. You’ll love it.
It’s Raining Bats and Frogs by Rebecca Colby
Oh, dear. It’s raining on the Witch Parade. Delia wants to help so she changes the rain to cats and dogs. But that’s too cray so Delia tries again with hats and clogs instead. But the witches fight over the shoes so how about bats and frogs instead? Disaster after silly disaster make rain look good. After all a little rain never hurt anyone. Cute and not scary at all.
Even Monsters Say Good Night by Doreen Mulryan Marts
Avery doesn’t want to go to bed. She’s worried about the monsters under her bed and in the closet, too. Until her mom explains that monsters sleep in their own beds in their own houses. And Avery isn’t scared anymore. What a great way to help calm children’s nighttime fears, don’t you think?
Ghosts In the House a Lift-the-Flap Book by Ammi-Joan Paquette, illustrated by Adam Record
This clever, funny Halloween counting book starts with one ghost. The ghost discovers (lift-the-flap) a skeleton in the closet and now there are two. Soon there are a total of five monsters prowling through the house. That is until they see a little boy. Yikes! Frightened, the monsters run for their lives. 🙂
Happy Halloween Witch’s Cat! by Harriet Muncaster
What should the Witch’s Cat girl dress up as for Halloween? She and her mom, the good witch, visit a store to find a costume. But nothing seems right until she realizes she could just go as a witch’s cat. Gorgeous illustrative photos of three-dimensional scenes make this extra intriguing.
Fright Club by Ethan Long
Fright Club has one last meeting before Halloween and Operation Kiddie Scare. But there’s a problem — cute creatures including a bunny want to join the Fright Club! What will the Fright Club do? We love this funny new Halloween book.
Boo-La-La Witch Spa by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Isabel Roxas
After the big day, Halloween, tired witches visit the fab-BOO Witch Spa to drink Bat-Whisker Tea and get spooky spa treatments.
Ava the Monster Slayer by Lisa Maggiore, illustrated by Ross Felten
We think Ava rocks – she’s the fierce monster slayer (and quite cute) who braves monsters in her basement to rescue stuffed Piggy. She is awesome, don’t you think?
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
Wow, I had no idea that monsters needed haircuts. Now I know. And this boy barber, inspired by his barber dad, spends one night a month giving monsters haircuts –no matter who shows up or what they need! (Think Cyclops, Medusa, and Frankenstein.) Fantastic!
Peanut Butter & Brains: A Zombie Culinary Tale by Joe McGee, illustrated by Charles Santoso
Reginald loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — and hopes to convince his fellow zombies that eating pb&j is so much better than brains. Not totally a Halloween book per say but good for any zombie lover.
Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light
Help this little girl search for her monster at the fair. Her monster loves the fun house, the slide, and bumper cars. The illustrations are black and white except for the geometric shape featured on each page — octagon, rectangle, decagon, etc. This is a delightful search and find book for all year around.
Mind Your Monsters by Catherine Balley, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Monsters invaded Wally’s small town, scaring kids, smelling like rotten eggs, and causing big messes. Wally tries everything to get the monsters to stop. Finally he says the right word: PLEASE. And that works! (Of course.)
Troll and the Oliver by Adam Stower
Everyday Troll tries to eat the Oliver but the Oliver always manages to escape. Sad, hungry, and grumpy Troll almost decides to stop chasing the Oliver. But he does catch the Oliver and eats him only to discover that an Oliver tastes revolting. The two become friends and learn that trolls love cake best of all! We love the silliness of this monster story.
Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson, illustrated by Michael Robertson
Winifred isn’t scared of the monsters who visit her bedroom. She loves them and thinks they’re cute. But they are annoying — they interrupt her sleeping and are smelly. She tries everything to get rid of them until she stumbles on the perfect solution — kisses! Monsters hate kisses. Funny!! I like that the main characters is of color, too.
Dining with Monsters! A Disgusting Way to Count to 10! by Agnese Baruzzi
Turn the book sideways to read and lift-the-flaps to see what these horrible monsters eat — 1 spider, 2 frogs, 3 whales. Awesome bold graphic illustrations!
There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Gray
You know the drill. There was an old ____ who swallowed a _____. This updated monster version leads up to a knock on the door and trick or treating.
Monster High: Have a Clawesome Howloween: A Creepy-Cool Activity Book by Pollygeist Danescary
Homemade costumes, makeup tips, and more Halloween fun for Monster High fans.
Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet! by Scott Mccormick, illustrated by R. H. Lazzell
We’re huge fans of the hilarious Mr. Pants graphic novels for beginning readers — this is the third book in the series. Mr. Pants and his sisters are stuck at the airport on Halloween. It’s up to Mr. Pants to figure out how to make the Halloween fun happen no matter where they are.
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