Thank you Candlewick Press for sending us these fun Halloween books! All views and opinions are my own.
Trick or Treat!
My boys love their books from Candlewick Press and we are excited to share them with you all here at HMP! Candlewick Press always offers a great selection of the most adorable books for children and just in time for Halloween, I’m happy to be partnering with them once again to bring you these scary-good books … perfect treats for children from ages 0 to 12 years!
From hair-raising tricks to spooky surprises, these fun books brought shrills of delight to my boys and I’m sure your kids are going to love them too!
Written and Illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
Board Book: 9780763663209∙ July 2015 ∙ $6.99 ∙ 26 pages ∙ Ages 0 months -3 years
It’s almost Halloween! How should Daddy carve the pumpkin? So many expressions to choose from! What should Baby be—a princess or pirate, ballerina or clown? When the jack-o’-lantern’s ready (looking suspiciously like Baby), it’s time for a little ghost to head out in the slightly scary night. But fear turns to excitement as the pumpkin fills up with treats. WOW!
By Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien
HC: 9780763675783∙ February 2015 ∙ $15.99 ∙ 48 pages ∙ Ages 3-7
Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl. He is a master of disguise! In the blackness of night, he’s preparing to swoop on his prey before it can realize his dastardly tricks. Look there—a tasty rabbit for him to eat! Hoot Owl readies his costume, disguising himself as . . . a carrot! Then he waits. The rabbit runs off. Never mind! Surely his next juicy target will cower against such a clever and dangerous creature as he! Kids will hoot at Sean Taylor’s deliciously tongue-in-beak narration, belied by the brilliantly comical illustrations of Jean Jullien.
“Smart pacing, easy-to-read spreads, and complete confidence that no animals will be hurt in the reading of this book make it a winner.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Written and illustrated by Ammi-Joan Paquette
HC: 9780763676223∙ July 2015 ∙ $9.99 ∙ 20 pages ∙ Ages 3-7
More delightful than frightful, this lift-the-flap cumulative counting book follows a little ghost as he slip-slides through a dark and creaky house. At every turn a new ghoulish friend surprises the ghost, then joins him on his trek. The best surprise is saved for last: who do you think is the spookiest creature of all?
By Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
HC: 9780763668860∙ August 2015 ∙ $12.99∙ 112 pages ∙ Ages 6-9
Francine Poulet is the greatest animal control officer in Gizzford County. She hails from a long line of Animal Control Officers. She’s battled snakes, outwitted squirrels, and stared down a bear. “The genuine article,” Francine’s dad always called her. She is never scared—until, that is, she’s faced with a screaming raccoon that may or may not be a ghost. Maybe Francine isn’t cut out to be an animal control officer after all! But the raccoon is still on the loose, and the folks on Deckawoo Drive need Francine back. Can she face her fears, round up the raccoon, and return to the ranks of Animal Control? Join a cast of familiar characters—Frank, Stella, Mrs. Watson, and Mercy the porcine wonder—for some riotous raccoon wrangling on Deckawoo Drive.
“Fans of Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (2014) will relish this new tale, which successfully expands the core of the Mercy Watson series while offering generous cameos from the original characters, as well as much buttered toast. No one offers early readers better quality prose than DiCamillo, who never allows the constrictions of this format to deter her from excellent writing: “Franny, you are the genuine article. You are solid. You are certain. You are like a refrigerator. You hum.” Series illustrator Van Dusen’s artwork (not seen in final form) is a treat, as always, reflecting the quirkiness of DiCamillo’s unique cast of characters. Francine Poulet will wrangle readers’ hearts along with rascally wildlife in this standout early chapter book.” – Booklist (starred review)
By Marnie Edwards, illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson
PB: 9780763666101∙ July 2014 ∙ $6.99 ∙ 96 pages ∙ Ages 7-10
Glitter at the ready, this book needs YOU! Emerald the Witch is off to Spell Summer Camp, and asks her best friend, Princess Sapphire, to come along too! Magical fun and chaos ensue as the reader helps the story by drawing and coloring in the book.