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Halloween tales of spooky fun

October 10, 2017
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

A little skeleton tries to enjoy his first day of school even though he's having some problems in "Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler with illustrations by Will Terry.

Boneparte has some problems when he rides his bike or plays catch.

His bones just roll away. He's afraid everyone will make fun of him at school. Franky Stein thinks they should glue and screw his bones together, but that just means he can't move. Blacky Widow wants to put webs around him, but then he's a mess. Mummicula wants to wrap him up. But then he can't see. But then he finds a new friend that has an even more ingenious idea.

This is a cute Halloween story of school and friendship.

"Bonaparte Falls Apart" is published by Crown. It is $17.99 and for ages 3-7.

A papa monster tells his baby monster how much he loves him in "I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas" by Kevan Atteberry.

The monsters love running around in the swamp. But he loves his child more than the bubbling slime, bloodsucking ducks, mummified bass, ghost bats, two-headed bears and so much more.

This is a spooky and funny book that shows just how much all parents love their children.

"I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas" is published by HarperCollins.

It is $17.99 and for ages 4-8.

The famous Stick Dog is back in a Halloween adventure, "Stick Dog Craves Candy" by Tom Watson.

It is trick-or-treat, and the humans are acting strange, dressing in costumes like astronauts and witches. When Stick Dog and his friends get brave enough to investigate they find out just what they are getting - candy! But now they have to outwit the humans to get the sweets for themselves.

Plenty of humor and sugary treats await in this chapter book.

"Stick Dog Craves Candy" is published by HarperCollins. It is $12.99 and for ages 8-12.

A kid's eye view of the zombie apocalypse continues in "The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King" by Max Brallier with illustrations by Douglas Holgate.

Jack and his friends are living in a tree house after the zombie apocalypse hit their town. Things are finally quieting down and they kids find a radio signal and hope its a link to their families. But is something summoning the zombies away? Where are they going? With the help of his friends and pet monster, Rover, he's going to find out!

This is a monsterous adventure story that will appeal to zombie fans.

"The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade" is published by Viking. It is $13.99 and for ages 8 and up.

A young boy accidentally causes monsters to descend upon his town in "Monsters Unleashed" by John Kloepfer with illustrations by Mark Oliver.

When Freddie draws a bunch of monsters based on the school bullies, he doesn't know what he's about to unleash. He prints them out on the 3D printer and suddenly they are coming to life and growing.

What's a boy to do to save his town from the horror he has caused? Freddie must now team up with the bullies if he's going to defeat the monsters, but can a team ever emerge?

This is a funny adventure story with a monsterous twist that will thrill readers.

"Monsters Unleashed" is published by Harper. It is $16.99 and is for ages 8 to 12.



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