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Halloween books for all ages

October 1, 2016
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

Time to get in the scream of things with some Halloween books!

First is "Monster Trucks" by Anika Denise with illustrations by Nate Wragg (HarperCollins, $17.99, ages 4-8.) Frankentruck, Zombie Truck, Ghost Truck, Vampire Truck and Werewolf Truck all face off in a spooky race when Little Blue Bus appears. Is she scared? Will she beat the bigger and scarier ones? This is a cute story for little kids that are obsessed with trucks and isn't too scary.

Next is "Grimelda the Very Messy Witch" by Diana Murray with illustrations by Heather Ross (HarperCollins, $16.99, ages 4-8.) Grimelda's house always has...stuff everywhere. She says that's the witch's way, but when she can't find what she needs for a recipe, she begins to see why having a mess might be a problem. This is a funny Halloween-themed story that might remind kids why it is a good idea to clean their room or put their things away!

A girl and her dog take part in trick or treat in "Enzo's Very Scary Halloween" by Garth Stein with illustrations by R.W. Alley (HarperCollins, $17.99, ages 4-8.) Zoe loves scary Halloween, but her dog, Enzo isn't so sure. Soon they are carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes (including Enzo) and going to spooky houses. Enzo is scared everything is real - will he get in the Halloween spirit of make belive? This is a good story for kids who might be a little scared of the "scary" this time of year.

For older kids there are several chapter books. First is Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller's "Nightmares: The Lost Lullaby" (Delacorte Press, $16.99, ages 8-12) about a boy and his friends fighting nightmares in another world from coming to theirs. Then there's D.J. MacHale's "Curse of the Boggin: The Library" (Randome House, $16.99, ages 8-12) about a boy who discovers the key to a world of ghosts, a magical library and lots of spooky thrills! Finally there's Phillip Kerr's "The Most Frightening Story Ever Told" (Alfred A. Knopf, $16.99, ages 8-12) about a boy who enters a scary mansion bookstore that's stories may trap him. All three of these chapter books add the right amount of scare for the age-group.



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