Monday, October 25, 2010

New Halloween Picture Books for 2010

I love picture books - and especially ones that include monsters.  I featured a few of my favorite Halloween picture books last year, and this year, I wanted to review some new on the shelves for 2010.


Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Scott Magoon
Simon & Schuster
(Source: Bought)

Bernadette may look like a monster, with her fangs, claws and creepy necklace, but she’s hiding a sweet interior (she likes to …gulp!...pet kittens and other nice things.) She’s not like the other monsters at her school, so she has to find a way to fit in while being true to herself – and comes up with a hilarious solution. The text is spare with excellent word choice, and the chararcter design of the monsters is what I'd describe as "cute scary" (though Bernadette is by far my favorite), so even young toddlers shouldn't get too frightened.


Alpha Oops – H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar
Candlewick Press
(Source: Bought)

The letters of the alphabet are doing a Halloween show, and since A is not ready, Z makes H go first, since H is the star of Halloween. The letters all come in as different characters – G is for Goblin, V is Vampire, etc – until all the letters have made an appearance. The story is inventive, with charming asides, but may be too complicated for younger children who don’t have a strong grasp of the alphabet already. Love the illustrations!



Which Way to Witch School by Scott Santoro
HarperCollins
(Source: F&G from Frankfurt Book Fair)

Every year, a group of young witches gathers at Miss Thornapple’s school to learn chemistry, physics, and other subjects important to witches. The subjects studied seem pretty advanced for the target audience here though, with lots of jokes that only older kids are going to get (a poster of Twilight hunk Edward Cullen hangs on the wall in the girls’ dorm, for example). The story might appeal to the younger siblings of Harry Potter fans, as there is a cool boarding school vibe throughout.
 
 
What are some of your favorite picture books featuring monsters?

17 comments:

Emy Shin (Sandy) said...

These look really adorable, especially WHICH WAY. :)

Memory said...

MOSTLY MONSTERLY looks so cute!

I haven't read too many picture books in the past few years, but I really enjoyed FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE back in 2008.

Jamie said...

I wish I had kids so I could buy all these!! Oh wait..I don't need kids for picture books, right?! :)

Mostly Monsterly looks adorable!!

Lenore said...

Jamie - Of course you don't need kids! I don't have them and I have over 200 picture books. I think they are wonderful works of art.

Amy said...

Where the Wild Things Are! :P

PJ Hoover said...

Oh, the others look darling, too! I'll have to check them out. I just adore Mostly Monsterly!

Sandy Nawrot said...

They are all adorable! I love seeing reviews like this because it helps me to help our school librarian, who often doesn't know whether she is coming or going on most days.

Zibilee said...

I love Mostly Monsterly and think that it would make a great gift for my best friend's sons. I always like to grab them interesting picture books that coordinate with the holidays, so these are great, Lenore! Thanks for sharing these mini-reviews!

Anna said...

Mostly Monsterly looks adorable. That's the type of book (is this sacrilege to say?) I'd rip up and frame. The art is just too cute.

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

I must have Mostly Monsterly! My 3 year old has had a thing for books with Monsters since before she was walking. I find her interest has become my obsession. I can’t pass a picture book about monsters without bringing it home :)

Lenore said...

Anna - I feel that way about a lot of picture books! Though I've never actually gone and done it.

tamarak said...

Yay! Cupcakes with sprinkles for everyone! :)

Tammi Sauer (author of Mostly Monsterly)

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

Those all look cute - I think Alpha Oops looks adorable :)

NatalieSap said...

Ooh, I did monster books last week, but we didn't overlap any! I just got Alpha Oops for my library and while I enjoyed it, I don't know if the kids will - we'll see! I'm sorry I didn't come across Mostly Monsterly sooner; it looks like one I'd definitely want to share with the younger students.

Alison said...

Great reads! I think Most Monsterly looks the most artistically interesting and cute. The Witch School book sounds really fun - a plot that I would love.

Alethea said...

*throws confetti*
Hooray! Thank you!
And Happy Halloween!

Lily Child said...

Aw! Those look really cute! :D