Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Halloween Books


A dear friend gave me this book last weekend because he thought it "looked like something I'd like". There is no way he could have known exactly how much it would mean to me! This is one of my all-time favorite poems called "The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt, written in the 1800's. The illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi (love, love, love) are superb and the black and white, dark and dusty, victorian look matches the subject matter nicely. It always spooked me, yet the rhyming lines sucked me in again and again. =) It's a wonderful cautionary tale that has been given new life with it's own beautifully illustrated, hard bound book. No more will I have to dig through the pages of an old tattered book of poems. Thanks so much D.M.!

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And since I'm still hung up on Halloween here are a few more fun books to celebrate the season. "Skelly the Skeleton Girl" written and illustrated by Jimmy Pickering. The story is quite cute and the illustrations are fantastic! The next book was a fun find. My dad cleaned out the basement and found lots of old books that belonged to me and my cousins. This version of "Little Witch" was published in 1973 and was a Scholastic school book for 50¢. Those were the good ol' days. I haven't read it yet, but I thought the cover illustration was so charming.


The last are books that have been recommend or have great art. I haven't had a chance to check them out either, but now they are on the radar to find. Happy Halloween reading!

Frank was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves
Everything I Know about Monsters by Tom Lichtenheld
Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi Illustrated by Gris Grimly
Three Little Ghosts by Pippa Goodhart Illustrated by AnnaLaura Cantone
Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci Illustrated by David Catrow
I'm Going to Eat You by Matt Mitter illustrated by Jimmy Pickering


Regina said...

These books look so great! I LOVE Tony DiTerlizzi's illlustrations. I might have to go look for that book. A trip to the library might be in order too. My boys love these kinds of books ;D

Debbie Egizio said...

Oh these are soooooo fun!! Great Halloween eye candy.

Jacynthe said...

I enjoyed your list so much that I just bought The Spider & The Fly on eBay :) One of my favourite Halloween books is called the Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey (1962). Very creepy children's book but you might like that one. The art work in that book is awesome.

Joelle said...

awwwww Thank you for sharing all these great books!! I got so busy I forgot. I guess we're all busy lately, we usually buy a few & go to the library but I haven't been there in so long. I miss it.
Now im off to take my little baby, she'll be 2 in Dec. Halloween & Christmas is always fun with all the new & old Holiday books!
Thanks again!
Im feeling a little Holiday Cheer comming on.
Best Wishes ~
Joelle XO