Monday, October 15, 2012
Ten spine-chillingly fantastic children's books for Halloween
|Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski|
It's the same story in the Bookworld as publishers, authors and illustrators have all been busy creating some truly spooky and supernatural books to haunt our children with (all in the best possible taste!) so here's ReadItDaddy's top ten witchy, monstery and downright spine-chilling books to tempt your busy little bees with. Presented in no particular order with links through to our previous reviews (if we've covered them):
1) The Spider and The Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi
Perfectly dark storytelling for halloween.
2) Tamara Small and the Monster's Ball by Giles Paley-Phillips (link to preview)
It's subsequently been released and has been a massive hit, kids love the mix of monsters, mayhem and funky dancing. We can't wait to see Giles' next book!
3) Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
Along with her trusty sidekick Mog, Meg soared the skies on her broomstick with her other friend Owl along for the ride. I had no idea that this was turned into a TV series back in the early noughties, time to hunt out some episodes and re-read the books too for halloween.
4) Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
Charlotte secretly loves Wilbur more that Winnie but still always likes to dress up as Winnie herself every Halloween.
5) Fragoline and the Midnight Dream by Clemency Pearce and Rebecca Elliott
...you'll have to read the book to find out what her achilles heel is but it's such a beautiful and darkly woven tale, it's perfect for those torch-lit story sessions as you huddle under the duvet on All Hallows Eve.
6) The Monster Machine by Nicola L. Robinson
7) La Visite De Petite Morte by Kitty Crowther
French children's books have a knack of dealing with really difficult and surreal subjects and this is no exception. I won't spoil the surprise for you but seek this one out, it'll chill you to the bone at halloween!
8) Little Dragon and the Haunted House by Anni Axworthy
What do you give a little dragon who cries tears of pure gold? No not an onion you rotters, you give them a lovely house to live in all of their own. Only Little Dragon's house seems to already have a few chain-rattling incumbents so what can Little Dragon and his friends do about their ghostly infestation?
This delightful little book scored such a big hit with Charlotte that I didn't think we'd ever be allowed to give it back to the library (Hooray that children don't get fined!!) Monsters, ghosts, and a classic haunted house are all wrapped up in this book's seemingly innocuous covers. Perfect to go along with those halloween sweeties!
9) Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
"Black Dog" is a tale about confronting your fears when a problem seems bigger than it actually is, but it's told in such a way that it doesn't feel preachy or shouty - but celebratory.
Levi Pinfold is, without a doubt, a heck of a talent and someone to keep a very close eye on in future as we've got a feeling it won't be the last of his books to feature as one of our "Book of the Week" choices.
10) Darkness Slipped In by Ella Burfoot
So there you have it, that little lot should keep your collywobbles wobbling. Don't have nightmares!