Edgar and Poe

Happy October, dear spooklies! I am so sorry for my incredibly long absence. Life has definitely interfered with my blogging. I am down a computer, I've given up on learning my Canon Rebel, I have a middle-schooler AND an elementary schooler now, I just started a part-time job at the school, I was in a play, one kid is in rehearsals for The Nutcracker, the other performs with a repertory group at her dance studio, and there are a million other excuses. Blogging just isn't the same for me as it was three or four years ago, and I'm sorry. You can always see a bit more on Instagram.

Today was a day off of school, so the girls and I went library-hopping. Both are attempting Battle of the Books again at their respective schools, and Big Sis also wanted some Edgar Allan Poe for this week before Halloween. I bought her a used paperback copy, but we couldn't resist checking out this lovely Annotated Poe [edited by Kevin J. Hayes, Belknap Press, 2015]. 

As we explored the kid books, we ran across the adorable Edgar books, published as part of the BabyLit series.  I wanted to blog about these a couple of years ago, and never got to them.

First, we have Edgar Gets Ready for Bed, in which cute little Edgar argues with his mother over bedtime. As this book is clearly inspired by Poe's "The Raven," you can guess little Edgar's stock phrase: "Nevermore!"

Edgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Ron Stucki.
Gibbs Smith, 2014.

The next two books pay homage to a couple of Poe's most famous short stories, "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." First, we have Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart, in which young Edgar accidentally breaks a bust of a certain famous author. His sister, Lenore(!!!), wants him to tell their mother the truth, but Edgar isn't sure he can. 

Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Ron Stucki.
Gibbs Smith, 2014.

Edgar wants to hang out with his friend Rodrick in Rodrick's treehouse, without his sister, in Edgar and the Tree House of Usher. Lenore tries to crash the party, but when the three are caught in a storm, he realizes how important his sister is to him.

Edgar and the Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Ron Stucki.
Gibbs Smith, 2015.

As with the other books in the BabyLit line, these picture books are cute and clever, but this time, they're allowed to expand into relatable stories for young children. And while the plots have nothing to do with Halloween, the prominent Poe references make these perfect to set out amongst your Halloween decor.

And these photos are more atrocious than I thought. Honestly, that's another reason I haven't blogged in a while. My photo skills contribute nothing worthwhile to the blogosphere. Please, check out these books for yourself, and IGNORE me.

I hope everyone is finding time to enjoy the fall! I've pureed four pie pumpkins so far, and we're planning another Halloween-themed birthday party for Little Sis!

Happy Reading!

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