Wednesday, October 27, 2010

28th October

Continuing the Halloween theme...hoot, howl and haunt. Recently I purchased five books that fit right in here as well. Firstly, Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara. This book has a limited colour palette, black, white and orange, but there is nothing old-fashioned about it. The orange is dense and the white is translucent creating the 'ghostly' phantoms that seem to float on the pages. It is a beautiful book.

Secondly, The Story of the Jack O'Lantern by Katherine Tegen and Brandon Dorman. I purchased this because many children and parents were asking questions about the origins of the Jack O'Lantern and why it was of such significance. This story answers these questions.

Thirdly, a new addition to the Gossie series. Gossie is an endearing gosling who features in a series of small books for preschoolers by Olivier Dunrea called Gossie and Friends. This new story is called Ollie's Halloween and in it Gossie, Peedie, Ollie, Gertie and BooBoo all get dressed up for Halloween. It includes all of the usual Halloween images, cornstalks, pumpkins, treats etc.

Fourthly, Scaredy-Cat Splat! by Rob Scotton. This is the fourth book about Splat and this topic will ensure he continues to be popular. Splat is indeed a scaredy cat in this book. He just doesn't cope with all that Halloween entails, even with a spider.

And lastly, a new Stillwater, the Zen Buddhist panda, book by Jon J. Muth, Zen Ghosts. This book is longer than the others listed here and for older children. It will elicit and probably require considerable discussion as it contains a story within a story. But as with the previous two stories, the gentle watercolours are exquisite and add to the contemplative nature of the book.

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