Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Three Scary Stories and Two Mysteries

I like to pack away my holiday books with the boxes of seasonal decorations. Rediscovering old favorites every year is even better than getting new books, because the pages are already filled with memories.

My favorite Halloween books are more giggles than goosebumps. High-interest illustrations are a must. Here are three that I don't mind reading over and over all month...

"The Witch Who Lives Down The Hall" by Donna Guthrie.

A little wordy for preschoolers, but perfect for the elementary crowd. I got it for .95 from Scholastic and have loved reading it aloud for years.

"The Monster at the End of This Book" by Grover

My kids do NOT like Sesame Street, but they love this book. Who doesn't?

"Ghost's Hour, Spook's Hour" by Eve Bunting

Any book by Eve Bunting is a favorite! My mom gave this one to Jake, because it's about a frightened little boy with the same name. Could be a reassuring bedtime favorite all year long!

And now the mysteries...

Two of my all-time favorite Halloween books are out of print. Maybe you friends can help me find them? The first is "Fly Fly Witchy"--I used it as a reading teacher, and the kids loved to sing the words. Also, remember "The Goblins'll Get Ya Eff Ya Don't Watch Out"? The old spooky poem about Little Orphan Annie. Mom? It's not even on Amazon. Who wrote it? I'd love a copy!

What are your favorite spooky stories?

19 comments:

Annie said...

I don't have any leads on the mystery but I'm happy to hear about the Eve Bunting Halloween book. Now I'm going to have to go get out our Halloween decorations and books, too!

Shauna said...

I can't believe it is October already! I love seeing all the cute kids come around on Halloween night ;)

Lauren in GA said...

I was going to say to try Amazon because I have found books out of print for sale through them. I am sorry you couldn't find them. Hmmph!

I keep our Halloween and Christmas books with the decorations, too! We like, "Gus the Friendly Ghost" even though it isn't really about Halloween...he is just a friendly Ghost. We don't do super scary books here, either...too much nightmare potential.

Meg said...

I LOVE the grover book! And, "The Spooky Old Tree" by the Berenstains!

Jeanelle said...

The Grover book is my all time fave!! My mom used to recite the Little Orphan Annie poem to us - she had the whole thing memorized (and still does, probably.) Creepy poem! I don't know of a book but I found a link with it: http://www.judyn.trest.com/OrphanAnnie.html. And here it is on Amazon.com UK as part of a book of poetry - the author spelled it Orphant instead of Orphan. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Orphan-Annie-Other-Thrift/dp/0486282600

Lisa R.D. said...

I love .95 book order books! I just saw the cutest pop-up monster book by Maurice Sendak (of "Where the Wild Things Are) and a couple of other authors called "Mommy?" and the illustrations and pop-ups are amazing. I might need to save my pennies though before I add it to my collection... it's a bit more than the Scholastic bargains.

♥Shally said...

The Monster at the End of this Book was my fav growing up, and now my kids LOVE it too!

They crack up everytime.

I love reading it to them, just to see their faces! :)

Bridget said...

I pack up my holiday books with the home decor as well. I am way behind. Haven't gotten the Fall box out yet. Maybe I'll go do that now.

Christie said...

I LOVE that Grover story. He is the best monster.

Stacey said...

I love a book called, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves. It is a really sweet story about how Frankensteins body parts fall off when he shimmys. A really sweet, not scary, Halloween book.

andrea said...

i do the same thing with all my holiday books! i can't wait to unpack them this week. someone else just recently posted about that grover book. was it you??? because i remember saying how much i love that book. maybe it was shal. funny.

anyway. you have motivated me to get my boxes out sooner than later. i love to decorate, but last week was so nuts that i lost my drive. thank you for restoring my halloween mojo.

queenieweenie said...

I only have one Halloween book, but about 40 Christmas ones. Looks like I'll have to start buying some Halloween books!

Annie said...

Oh! Try alibris.com
I just remembered we found a book there for Greg's mom that she always talked about from her childhood. Good luck!

diane said...

I love The Monster at the End of This Book. Great idea for Halloween.

TravelinOma said...

The book is actually called "The Gobble-uns'll Git You Ef You Don't Watch Out." It's James Whitcomb Riley's "Little Orphant Annie" illustrated by Joel Schick.

My grampa B. used to recite this poem to me and I love it, even though it's pretty scary for little tiny kids. Another story I got because I heard you telling it is "A Dark, Dark Wood."

crystal said...

I love The Monster at the End of This Book! Grover rocks.

I do a great Grover impression. "Near...Far!"

Marci said...

You always know the good books to have. Thanks for adding a few more to my list!

Robin said...

What a great idea! I'm gonna check out Eve Bunting.

wenderful said...

Have you tried Alibris? They have lots of hard to find books.

The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is a classic.

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