Thursday 31 October 2019

Super-Special Halloween Book Review - "The House of Madame M" by Clotilde Perrin, translated by Daniel Hann (Gecko Press)

You've already seen our fabulous Halloween Book Roundup, but we felt this super-spooky book deserved a review slot all of its own.

From the author of the fantastic "Inside the Monsters" comes "The House of Madame M" by Clotilde Perrin, translated by Daniel Hann.

Take a mysterious journey through the doors of a scary house, and gaze in wonder at the many spooky little secrets hidden inside.

As the story unfolds, under the mysterious gaze of an unseen hostess, your guide takes you on a tour of the house, inviting you to open up all the little nooks, crannies, 'lift the flap' bits and other hidden surprises to reveal something scary within those walls (don't worry, it's not too disturbing or frightening for little ones, in fact they'll get a huge giggle out of this book!)

It's brilliant - we've seen many attempts to devise a book filled with secret scares, but this is so beautifully designed we've fallen completely in love with it. Let's take a look at one of the multi-layered 'reveals' inside (hopefully without spoiling it too much!)

What's inside the cupboard?

Cue scary music
Er no thanks I've already eaten!
Thanks to some truly brilliant and inspired book mechanics and gorgeously dark illustrations, this one's a real win for a bit of spooky storytime fun.

Sum this book up in a sentence: Lots of tricks, lots of treats, definitely our favourite halloween picture book of the year.

"The House of Madame M" by Clotilde Perrin and Daniel Hann is out now, published by Gecko Press (kindly supplied for review).