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Halloween Reads

  For little ones, Ten Spooky Skeletons by Garry Parsons (Caterpillar Books) is a fun interactive adventure with die-cut holes and glow in the dark features. What’s not to like? Elys Dolan’s The Mystery of the Haunted Farm (Nosy Crow) is as madcap as her previous books and again includes some incredibly detailed double-spreads. The mix …

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FOCUS ON: Halloween titles for independent readers

Here are a few titles for newly independent and more fluent readers which will suit Halloween-themed reading. Arthur and the Witch Johanne Mercier (text) & Clare Elsom (illustrations) Arthur et la sorcière de bout du lac, translated by Daniel Hahn (Phoenix Yard) When Arthur find a secret hoard of blueberries at Picket Lake, he decides to …

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Giles Paley-Phillips (text) & Gabriele Antonini (illustrations)(Maverick Books) Today I am delighted to be the Halloween pit stop of Giles’ blog tour for The Fearsome Beastie! And what better than a story about a  scary child-eating monster for your Halloween night read?The beastie in question, purple and scary looking, has a  fondness for going down the village just …

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SPOOKY READS FOR HALLOWEEN (10): The Haunting of Charity Delafield

Ian Beck(The Bodley Head) Charity Delafield has been cocooned inside her father’s mansion house for as long as she can remember. She has been told her mother died in childbirth, and her father, in the name of some unknown condition she is supposed to suffer from, has prevented her from mixing with anybody else but …

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SPOOKY READS FOR HALLOWEEN (9): Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble

Tracey Corduroy (text) & Joe Berger (illustrations)(Nosy Crow) What if your granny was a little bit “out there”? What if people stared at her in the street when you are out shopping with her? What if your friends found her really cool, while you just found her just a little bit embarrassing? And what if …

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Cake Girl

David Lucas(Andersen Press) The Witch was alone for her birthday … again. So she baked a Cake Girl. This lovely fantasy picture book is the story of a lonely witch who makes a Cake Girl for her birthday and then decides to boss her about and make her do a lot of chores before she eventually decides to eat …