We’re excited to be today’s stop on the Workman Publishing Get in the Spirit of Halloween Blog Tour, because Halloween books are just so much fun. Who doesn’t love seasonal books they can share with their kids, no matter the age? Workman Publishing has five books for readers of all ages to enjoy, from infants and toddlers to teens (yes, teens!) to get in the Halloween Spirit. Here’s a look at the books and then you’re in luck, because we’re giving away a prize pack of all five books to one reader.
EEK! Halloween by Sandra Boynton | August 23, 2016 | $6.95 | 24 pages | Ages 0-4 | Goodreads
It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”
My kids were all raised on Sandra Boynton board books, so we loved rediscovering her signature, adorable board books with this Halloween story about some nervous chickens concerned with the strange things happening around them. So cute!
Papertoy Glowbots by Brian Castleforte | August 23, 2016 | 196 Pages | Ages 9+| Goodreads
Origami meets amazing creatures in a book of paper craft fun! Papertoy Glowbots introduces 46 robots that have the added cool factor of lighting up, whether using glow-in-the-dark stickers that come with the book or light sources like flashlights, Christmas tree lights, and electric tea lights.
This is a seriously cool activity book that we pulled out during a rainy-day playdate. The boys, both 3rd graders, had a blast picking out and building their Glowbots. Of course then they wanted to lower the lights and check out the glow-in-the-dark features too!
Frightlopedia by Julie Winterbottom | August 23, 2016 | 224 Pages | Ages 8+ | Goodreads
Combining fact, fiction, and hands-on activities, Frightlopedia is an illustrated A-Z collection of some of the world’s most frightening places, scariest stories, and gruesomest creatures, both real and imagined.
I love Julie Winterbottom’s brain, because this encyclopedia of all things spooky and Halloween-related is perfect for younger fans of horror-lite. This is a great book to keep in the car, because the kids can read out the various entries and then you can discuss them together.
Oh, Ick!: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! By Joy Masoff with Jessica Garrett & Ben Ligon November 1, 2016 | Ages 8+ | Goodreads
Featuring 114 interactive experiments and ick-tivities, Oh, Ick! delves into the science behind everything disgusting. Stage an Ooze Olympics to demonstrate viscosity and the nature of slime. Observe how fungi grow by making a Mold Zoo. Embark on an Insect Safari to get to know the creepy crawlies around your home. And learn what causes that embarrassing acne on your face by baking a Pimple Cake to pop—and eat. Eww!
What kid doesn’t want to to try icky activities and experiments that are sure to delight them and possibly creep out parents? We haven’t tried these yet, but I know my kids will be all over it when we pull it out closer to Halloween!
Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson, Illustrated by Tom Mead | September 8, 2015 | Ages 8+ | Goodreads
Illustrated throughout, including eight drawings printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is for every young reader who loves a good scare. The book was originally published in 1910 by William Thomas Cox and is now inspiringly retold by Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes. The creatures are all scales and claws, razor-sharp teeth and stealth, camouflage and single-minded nastiness. Straight out of the era of Paul Bunyan, they speak to an earlier time in American history, when the woods were indeed dark and deep and filled with mystery. The tone is smart and quirky. The illustrations have a sinewy, retro field-guide look. Read them around a campfire, if you dare.
These stories were so creepy and awesome. The guide is just scary enough to make my son cuddle a little closer during our bedtime reading, but not so scary he didn’t want to continue! And the illustrations are gorgeous.
Follow the rest of the Blog Tour:
October 10: A Rup Life
October 11: Kidliterati
October 12: Reviews Coming at YA
October 13: Literacious
October 14: Teen Lit Rocks
October 17: Confessions of a Book Addict
October 18: Ex Libris
October 20: The Overstuffed Bookshelf
October 21: Mundie Kids