Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
Beneath the Ghost Moon
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Laurel Molk
HOLIDAY [HALLOWEEN] E YOLEN
Evoking Clement Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, this story begins: "'Twas the night before Ghost Eve, and high in the sky, the moon was an unblinking, solid white eye." The mice are fast asleep, dreaming-- not of sugarplums, but of the lovely costumes they will wear to the Ghost Eve ball. When the mean creepy crawlies come and destroy the masks and dresses, the distraught mice want revenge. However, when one of the crawlies is sorry and wants to be friends, one courageous mouse shows the others the importance of forgiveness and friendship. Then the brave mouse and the small crawlie dance beneath the Ghost Moon. This charming story will appeal to children of all ages.
Teeny Tiny Tingly Tales
by Nancy Van Laan, illustrated by Victoria Chess
This is a great introduction to scary tales for children. It has a bit of suspense, without too much fright for the pre-K crowd. Great rhyming and spooky illustrations will keep young listeners on the edge of their seats!
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
The Hungry Ghosts
by Julius Lester, illustrated by Geraldo Valério
J PIC LESTE
Malcolm David hears something strange one night-- OOOOOOOOs and EEEEEEEs. He knows there must be ghosts around, and goes to investigate. He meets a trio of ghosts, Lamont, Byron, and Jessica, and asks them why they make such scary sounds. It turns out that the source of the sounds is their stomachs-- they're just hungry! The trouble is, what do ghosts eat? I love the palette in this book's whimsical illustrations-- mostly blue and white at the beginning, then turning colorful as the ghosts are nourished by their food. This picture book is a little longer than most (hence its inclusion with our Picture Books for Older Readers), but it's certainly not a scary ghost story. Plus, it has a happy ending!
The Ghost of Nicholas
by Lois Lowry
The Bake Shop Ghost
by Jacqueline K. Ogburn,
illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
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