I’m the Scariest Thing in the Castle by Kevin Sherry; Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Group; 2011; baby – 3; $6.99
By the author of I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, this latest entry is perfect for the the littlest ones at Halloween. Little Bat is scarier than the ghosts, skeletons and witches of the castle, but when the lights go out who’s going to be the scared one?
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas; Harper; 2011; 3-6
Jan Thomas’ hapless trio of Duck, Pig and Mouse are back in this Halloween tale. Duck has found the perfect perfect pumpkin for Jack O’Lantern carving. As he starts emptying out the seeds, he slips and gets his head stuck in the pumpkin. No problem, he’ll just walk over to his friends to get some help, but Pig and Mouse are too busy running from the scary, web-footed pumpkin monster to offer any assistance. Great for those who have enjoyed Rhyming Dust Bunnies, Birthday for Cow, or any other silly book.
The Haunted Hamburger by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Paul Meisel; Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, Inc.; 2011; 3-6
Two little ghost children are unwilling to go to bed until they hear a story — a scary story. Father Ghost tells them the story of Uncle Ned, who had a bad encounter with a baby. Not scary enough. So, Father Ghost tells the story of their boastful cousin Nell and her competition with a haunted hamburger to see who was the best. Still not scary enough. So, Father Ghost tells them the scariest story of all. The story of the Big, Bad Granny with her red lips that are just perfect for kissing you all over your face. Eeeek!