Friday, October 31, 2014
Our Halloween Top Ten Children's Books!
In no particular order, let the ghoulish games begin!
1) Not Now Bernard by David McKee (Andersen Children's Books)
As Charlotte gets older, she starts to analyse whether the monster is real or imagined, whether Bernard is actually the monster and we get into deep discussions about the whole thing. Most of all though this is still the most excellent fun to read aloud (particularly if you love doing very silly gurgly monster voices like we do!)
If you've never encountered Bernard and the Monster, Halloween is the best time to do so!
2) Cake Girl by David Lucas (Andersen Children's Books)
But Cake Girl wants more out of life. After all, why should the witch have all the magical fun! So when the witch bestows her magic powers on Cake Girl, what will happen next?
This is a simple but extremely charming story and it's as delicious to read as it is to flick through and gaze in wonder at the gorgeous illustrations. As sweet as a nut!
3) Mog in the Dark by Judith Kerr (HarperCollins Children's Books)
It's almost as if Judith Kerr woke up one morning and said "Oh bother to drawing all that cute stuff, I'm going to let rip!" - and let rip she does in such deliciously dark style that we cannot resist this book!
Imagine The Island of Doctor Moreau crossed with a serious acid trip and you're probably on the way to describing this particularly dark and gorgeous episode in Mog's adventurous life. We LOVE it!
4) Harry and the Monster by Sue Mongredien and Nick East (Little Tiger Press)
This isn't a cuddly monster. This isn't a nice monster, he's an absolute rotter but don't lose heart just yet, there's a nicely delivered twist at the end that flips things entirely around! Find out what happens to Harry in the end, in this particularly brilliant monster tale!
Special mention to Nick East's artwork which is utterly glorious in this!
5) Monster Day at Work by Sarah Dyer (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
We particularly loved the monster lunch!
6) Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children's Books)
This is so brilliant, illustrated throughout in Chris's brilliant penmanship with an utterly wonderful little mini-adventure for Ishmael tucked into the back cover.
No better way to introduce your little ones to all things gothic! LOVE!!
7) Spooky Spooky House by Andrew Weale and Lee Wildish (Picture Corgi)
Dare you discover the demonic delights within? It's an awesome book, like a literary ramble around a haunted house with a ton of brilliant little touches tucked away between its covers.
Definitely suitable for younger readers who will love the flaps and will love the final (not really) terrifying reveal at the end of the book!
8) The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen (Orchard Books)
Read on though, it's such a fantastic tale with a brilliant pay-off, from two utterly talented chaps!
9) Lockwood and Co - The Screaming Staircase / The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud (Doubleday Children's Books)
This is fantastic storytelling, harking back to a time when children's ghost stories didn't wrap the reader up in cotton wool and were properly spooky and scary. We meet Lockwood, Lucy and George - a team of mini-ghostbusters who become one of London's most respected team of spectre-smashers!
Suitable for older readers (and mums and dads who love a cracking good ghost yarn!)
10) No Such Thing by Ella Bailey (Flying Eye Books)
Strange things keep happening in her house, and she can't believe that there's a supernatural explanation for these goings-on. But can you spot the naughty little ghosties tucked away in each page spread?
A brilliantly satisfying halloween-flavoured book that's destined to become a firm favourite with your little banshees and ghouls!