Monday, October 18, 2010

Tricks and Treats for Our Little Fantasy Readers

Betsy Bird of SLJ beat me to it: a Halloween picture book blog post: Halloween Picture Books: Wherefore the Style? Bravo, Betsy! I love the art, especially the postcard style cover of Ryan Heshka’s Welcome to Monster Town.

Here are some Halloween questions for our blog readers to ponder: Are fantasy book lovers born or made? Do books create the love for the subject, or does the reader choose fantasy books based on their interests? Fantasy readers, can you think of titles from your youth that may have instilled a love for fantasy? (For me, it was Anna Elizabeth Bennett’s Little Witch.)

Betsy’s blog provides great examples of traditional Halloween subjects. If those covers don’t woo little readers into the realm of fantasy, perhaps the not-so-traditional titles below will. Who can resist a goopy ghost?

The Goopy Ghost of Halloween, by V. R. Duin (BookSurge Publishing, 2009)

If monsters are a bit too scary, just remember: even monsters need haircuts…

Even Monsters Need Haircuts Walker Books for Young Readers, 2010)

…and even skeletons get hiccups.

Skeleton Hiccups By McElderry, 2005)

For our young friends who love Easter but aren’t too sure about spooks:

Boo, Bunny! By Sandpiper; Reprint edition, 2010)

And even if they don’t love spooks, seems everyone loves trick-or-treat… even geckos and armadillos!

Geckos Trick or Treat By Jon J. Murakami (BeachHouse Publishing, 2008)

Trick or Treat, Old Armadillo By Larry Dane Brimner (Boyds Mills Press, 2010)

Happy Halloween, everyone!


  1. My Halloween favorite as a kid was Georgie's Halloween, by Robert Bright, first published in (gulp!) 1958 in spectacular two color printing (orange and black). You've got me wondering whether Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating might spark a child's interest in fantasy stories. And also wondering -- what is BookSurge Publishing anyway?

  2. Carol, BookSurge Publishing is apparently an owned self-publishing company. (No wonder I found this book on Amazon!) Funny that the more traditional Halloween picture books feature more black and orange but the less traditional picture books don't.