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Kid Konnection: Spooky Books!

October 19, 2013

If you’re looking for a book to share with a youngster this Halloween, you can’t go wrong with either of these selections from Candlewick Press!  They’re both fun, just a little bit spooky, and never scary.

Ghost in the HouseGhost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette features all sorts of spooky creatures including a ghost, a skeleton and a witch and teaches little ones some counting.  It starts when a ghost discovers a mummy in the house.  The two of them go on together and encounter a monster in the house.  It goes on that way until five creatures come upon a boy in the house.  Seeing the boy scares them and they all run away!

Adam Record‘s illustrations are perfect for this book – the creatures are cute and friendly looking rather than scary.  There’s not too much on each page and there are plenty of bright colors.  I thought this book was great fun – it’s sure to please the little ones in your life!

Vampire BabyVampire Baby by Kelly Bennett is a wonderful book for any big brother or sister.  When baby sister Tootie gets a few teeth she tests them out on everything – the furniture, her brother’s toys, and, worst of all, her brother.  Between that and the fact that she’s awake in the middle of the night, her big brother becomes convinced she’s a vampire.  He decides to get rid of her and puts a sign that says, “Wanted good home for Vampire Baby” in her stroller with her.  When he encounters  a family dressed as vampires, he figures he’s found the perfect home for Tootie until she bites the little boy of the family and he calls her a “Bad, Bad Baby!”  Big brother comes to her rescue and says,

Tootie may be a vampire baby.  But she’s my vampire baby.”

I liked that this book acknowledges that having a baby sibling isn’t always fun but, in the end, you love them no matter what.  Paul Meisel‘s illustrations are adorable and enhance the text.  This book would be a big hit with any child with a younger sibling.

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For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
17 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    October 19, 2013 5:21 am

    Both of these are adorable, and the plot is hilarious! Haha! I have no doubt that if I had monsters in the house, they would run away when they encountered my kids! And when mine were young we didn’t call them vampires, we called them sharks but same thing. Everything goes in the mouth. So cute!

  2. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 19, 2013 9:08 am

    Vampire Baby sounds pretty cute.

  3. October 19, 2013 10:57 am

    These sound so cute.

  4. October 19, 2013 11:45 am

    So adorable! I would totally pick these up.

  5. October 19, 2013 1:38 pm

    Bennett’s book had me laughing!

  6. October 19, 2013 2:24 pm

    Those both sound too cute!

  7. Patty permalink
    October 19, 2013 2:44 pm

    Perfect little books for this time of year!

  8. October 19, 2013 2:48 pm

    This sounds adorable! A timely and fun book for big brothers and sisters.

    • October 19, 2013 3:11 pm

      Geez, I almost missed the first review! Ghost int he House sounds spooktacular. 🙂

  9. October 19, 2013 4:04 pm

    Both sound so fun! The boy scares the ghosts and they run away…The brother thinks his baby sister is a vampire because she’s awake at night…LOL!

  10. October 20, 2013 6:45 am

    These look like such fun!

  11. October 20, 2013 10:52 am

    Oh I love Vampire Baby. It sounds so cute!

  12. October 20, 2013 6:17 pm

    I need to get Ghost in the House for the little monkey! it sounds too cute!

  13. October 21, 2013 1:17 am

    Vampire Baby! Love the sound of it .

  14. October 21, 2013 6:33 am

    Oh I too like Vampire Baby!!!

  15. October 22, 2013 10:14 pm

    Gage and I may need to go book shopping tomorrow!

  16. bookingmama permalink
    October 30, 2013 6:23 pm

    I am absolutely cracking up over the illustration of the Vampire Baby!

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