Count with Vampires, Witches and Werewolves in Over in the Hollow

Over in the Hollow book coverOver in the Hollow, by Rebecca Dickinson; illustrated by S. Britt (ages 3-6)

Based on the old Appalachian poem “Over in the Meadow,” Dickinson transforms the rhyme with a Halloween flavor. Vampires replace muskrats as they bite, witches replace crows as they zoom, and werewolves replace lizards as they howl. Because it’s a Halloween book the fun doesn’t stop at ten, but goes up to thirteen with skeletons, cats and ghosts getting into the act.  Readers can easily say or act out the actions of each of the characters (well, maybe not the biting vampires).   Filled with rich, lush illustrations that have the feel of picture books from decades ago, this is the perfect book to haunt your shelf this Halloween.

Over in the Hollow, by Rebecca Dickinson; illustrated by S. Britt; 2009;$15.99; Chronicle Books

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Alice’s Pick of the Day — Cat by Matthew Van Fleet

Cat, by Matthew Van Fleet (All ages)

The first thing I do when I get to work at  Hooray For Books is to take a walk arocatsund the store checking out the new books that  have come in since my last work day.  This book immediately caught my eye.  It is fabulous and I just love it!  If you are a cat lover, know a cat lover, are a pop-up book lover or just a plain old book lover you MUST own this book.  Cats is for children and adults and has wonderful realistic photographs of the many different species of cats.  On top of all that this book will make you laugh out loud!!!

Cat, by Matthew Van Fleet, $16.99, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books