New Review Tuesday: Spooky Stories
I wrote about some of my favorite new picture books for Halloween in this month's issue of Instructor, but I wanted to share two other picks with you as well.
Steinbeck's Ghost, by Lewis Buzbee, is sure to haunt bibliophiles and ghost hunters alike. After Travis's family moves to a new neighborhood, he keeps going back to his old library in Salinas. There he becomes deeper and deeper enthralled with the work of John Steinbeck—and even starts seeing Steinbeck's characters in the real world. These mysterious sightings spark an adventure in which Travis struggles to save his library and finish the work of a favorite author. Buzbee is the author of the popular adult novel After the Gold Rush, and his children's debut is a literary page-turner that teachers and kids will both enjoy. Best for grades 3–6, but older kids, especially those who have discovered Steinbeck, will enjoy the story, too.
Boogie Knights, by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Mark Siegel, is one of those rhythmic picture books whose verses you can't help but get stuck in your head ("gremlins groovin', vampires movin', see that hunchback swing"). But the real treat is Siegel's black and sepia artwork, which manages to capture the spirit of a party full of goblins and monsters without being scary. Little ones in grades K–2 will get a kick out of being invited to the Madcap Monster Ball!
What are your favorite Halloween books?