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Picture Book Thursday: Spooks Have Feelings Too

Scary The Little Bit Scary People
Written by Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Hyperion
Age Range 4-9 years

Glad Glad Monster, Sad Monster
Written by Anne Miranda
Illustrated by Ed Emberley
Little Brown
Age Range 3-8 years

Boo, Bunny!
Written by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Illustrated by Jeff Mack
Harcourt
Age Range 4-8 years

Hi folks.  Glad you could pop in for Picture Book Thursday.  I thought I’d toss you some books you can use for the impending Halloween celebrations.  While some weren’t written for this ghoulish season, they do feature monsters and emotions, like being scared.  Let’s jump in and you’ll see what I mean.

The Little Bit Scary People
If you think that particular bus driver, music teacher, or skateboarder is “a little bit scary,” then this book is for you.   As a young girl meets folks she views as scary, she imagines what they’re really like and renders them fun and very much likeable.  Children will surely enjoy comparing these characters to folks in their own lives.  (Be sure to stretch out the book jacket to discover who is creating the spooky shadow.) 

Glad Monster, Sad Monster
Reminiscent of Go Away, Big Green Monster! in its monster illustrations and ability to empower young children, this book is filled with detachable masks that children can wear as they ponder different emotions.   Feeling worried about “being chased by grumpy growly things” is just the tip of the iceberg.  Anger, love and sadness are a few of the other emotions covered that help to make this a great discussion starter for the Halloween season. Ed Emberly has another winner on his hands.

Boo, Bunny!
For me, fuzzy bunnies don’t usually conjure pictures of Halloween, but have illustrator Jeff Mack dress them up as a bee and a caped avenger and I’m eating candy corn with the best of them.  Beginning in rhyme, this book tells the story of two bunnies that hang tough as they brave a night of trick-or-treating together.  By the end, readers will realize it’s fun to feel a little spooked if you have a friend to share in that spookiness.  (And don’t forget to have your students compare the endpapers.)

Boo_bunny Here is Jeff signing books at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! Oh, and while he draws one mean fuzzy bunny, check out some of his other titles (Hurry! Hurry!) to see what else this talented guy has been up to! 

Activity
Have students use paper plates, glue and craft foam to create their own “feelings” face masks.  After they have finished and have a chance to wear them for a bit, use them to create a bulletin board display.

Ok folks, be sure to tune into the Round-Up tomorrow and I just might throw some more Halloween fun your way. 

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