Howdy, ghouls and guys! It is Sunday, and I have a few books to dump on you today, as I was rather busy Friday and Saturday. I made an airplane(!) and both girls danced during the big Halloween shindig at the children's theatre. Little Sis decorated this mini pumpkin after her dance. Isn't it cute? It's actually... tasteful this year. Less gloppy with glitter glue!
So anyway... Books.
What I Read
Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block. HarperTeen, 2014.
Confession: This was my first time reading Francesca Lia Block, best known for her Weetzie Bat series. Those books were off my radar during my teens, and while I always thought the covers of her books were intriguing, (And she writes about magic and fairies and fairy tales, which you know appeals to me!) I never got around to checking them out. But this book, with its Ouija board cover and ghostly vibe, made it into my Halloween pile, and after reading it, I bought a copy of the Weetzie Bat omnibus, Dangerous Angels. I loved this book. Julie and her mother have recently moved into an apartment, after her grandmother dies and Julie's mom loses her screenwriting job. The first friend she makes at her new school, Clark, loves hats, health food, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Julie finds an old Ouija board in her bedroom, left behind by a previous tenant, and convinces Clark to help her use the board to contact her beloved grandmother. Clark, however, has some secrets of his own, and the two make contact with someone else. While the book has the whole spirit and Ouija board scare thing going, it's really about overcoming grief and living in the moment. A wonderful YA read.
What We Read for Halloween
Poor Farmer Brown hates Halloween, because of course he does. If you're familiar with Click, Clack, Moo! and the other books in the series, you know that Farmer Brown is rather humorless and that his farm animals are very gifted. The animals are throwing a big Halloween bash, and they have lots of tricks in store for Farmer Brown.
We own this one. I got it at a short-lived used bookstore, and while I set it out last year, we never actually got around to reading it together! The girls kept giggling and aww-ing at how cute it was. I know it's a bit of a vintage classic, but it isn't one I grew up with. I've never read any of the other Gus the Ghost books, either. Gus watches over the historical museum at night, while Mr. Frizzle manages things during the day. One night, a baby ghost arrives at the museum, and Gus, Cora the Cat, and Mouse the Mouse, must care for it. No idea how the little baby came to be at the museum. It's just cute. Go with it.
Books That Aren't Really for Halloween, But Have a Vibe That Works Here Anyway
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd. Chronicle Books, 2014.
This is a beautifully illustrated wordless picture book about being out in the woods with a flashlight. (See? That whole out-in-the-woods-in-the-dark thing gives out a nice October vibe, right?) It has some cute, funny moments. Great for very young readers.
Microbes. The ultimate heebie-jeebie producers, right? See, perfect for the month of October! (Tee hee.) However, the book is by Nicola Davies, who has become one of my favorite science and nature picture book authors. The book is very informative, without being creepy. Emily Sutton's illustrations are gorgeous. There is much to love here. I highly recommend it.
Merry Sunday! Happy Reading!