12 We Love: Halloween Booksby Catherine O'Dolan on 22/10/2015
Welcome to our Hocus-Pocus Bookshop where witches fly on broomsticks, ghosts are mostly friends rather than foes and skeletons and spooks lurk at every darkened and cobwebbed corner. Our bubbling cauldron has conjured up a devilishly delightful dozen seasonal tales that any mini monster can happily sink their teeth into!
- Leo A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson (Chronicle Books, £10.99) A lovely but lonely ghost is desperately seeking a playmate.
- Fright Club by Ethan Long (Bloomsbury, £6.99) Proof that you don’t have to be big to be scary: little n cute can work too.
- Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Puffin, £10.99) A well-loved classic tale of a trio of big little skeleton and a dog skeleton on a quest to find someone to scare.
- Boo! A Book of Spooky Surprises (Little Tiger Kids, £5.99) A seasonal game of peek-a-boo for babies and toddlers filled with gentle surprises.
- What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt (Walker, £6.99) Delicious delights or diabolical disasters? You’ll find them all in the kitchen of this unconventional chef!
- Rufus The Bat who loved Colours by Tomi Unger (Phaidon, £10.95 Multi-colour is the new black as far as debonair bat Rufus is concerned.
- Ten Spooky Skeletons by Garry Parsons (Caterpillar Books, £10.99) It’s showtime as a parade of bony bods count to ten, with cuts-outs and glow-in-the-dark novelty fun.
- Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury, £6.99) Someone in search of a Pumpkin of a very different kind.
- Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Adam Record (Walker, £6.99) Monsters, mummies and mysterious moans, but who’s the scariest of them all?
- Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell (David Fickling Books, £6.99) Hold onto your donuts: someone is craving a sticky jam fix!
- Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler (Macmillan, £5.99) The dream team of kids picture books bring wit to the witch world in the classic that’s not just for Halloween.
- The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen (Walker, £6.99) A quirky tale with cinematic suspense – and a light bulb moment.