Smarty’s reading assignment this week was Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London. While we find Froggy book enjoyable, we read pretty much all of them over the last year, so I decided not to extend the topic and focus on Halloween books instead. Now, we don’t believe in scary and gory here – all our favorite Halloween books are focusing mostly on trick-or-treating.
Space Case by Edward and James Marshall is my absolute favorite Halloween book from the ones we own. It’s a nice combination of an alien story and a Halloween story. I found the reactions of adults in the story hilarious and not that far removed from reality. Smarty didn’t care much for the book last year, but was able to appreciate the story line much better this year.
My daughter loves numbers – the bigger the better. She learned lately that the fastest way to make numbers “really big” is through multiplication. She really enjoyed 2x2=Boo! by Loreen Leedy (in general we love her books!) that teaches multiplication through 5x5 via Halloween short stories. Some of them are a bit more gory than our usual Halloween read, but Smartydoesn’t mind since her mind is focused on math, not on the story. She keeps reading this book and asks to be quizzed on her multiplication facts every night (no encouragement on my part, completely self-directed).
Three Little Ghostsies by a European pair Pippa Goodhart/AnnaLaura Cantone can be scary or funny depending on how you want to read it. The rhyme is silly, and my daughter enjoyed the way word endings were changed to fit the rhyme. Illustrations are very distinctive – even my daughter can do a good approximation of these ghostsies, and I really loved the ending where the naughty ghostsies have the tables turned on them.
The Story of Halloween by Carol Greene illustrated by Linda Bronson is a non-fictional story about the origin of Halloween. I thought it was a bit too long and boring for one-sitting reading, but there didn’t seem to be a logical place to stop. We learned some new facts from the book – how about a hollowed-out turnip for Halloween, but overall this book didn’t quite charm any of us. Oh well, you can’t win every time