Review of Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat by Leo Landry; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Houghton     32 pp. 8/12     978-0-547-24969-8     $12.99 Landry’s cheery watercolor and pencil illustrations and calm palette signal that this Halloween story is more treat than trick; together, the straightforward text and simple compositions build suspense and inject humor […]

New Halloween recommended reads

Trick or Treat

‘Tis the season for ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, so we’ve updated our Halloween reading list with lots of books that go bump in the night. These titles were all published within the last few years and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. There’s something for everybody, whether you’re looking for silly, scary, or […]

October Notes is creepy and kooky

notes october 2012

…mysterious and spooky for Halloween! This month we’ve got 5 questions for Libba Bray on her spine-tingling new supernatural novel The Diviners, plus – more quirky fantasy for YA – four new not-creepy picture books – silly (and a little scary) chapter books – human body—dead and alive—nonfiction books Read our monthly newsletter Notes from […]

Books that go bump in the night: recommended Halloween reading

The Graveyard Book

The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.   Picture Books Suggested grade level listed with each entry. There’s No Such Thing as Ghosts! by Emmanuelle Eeckhout (Kane/Miller) A boy, armed with his trusty butterfly net, goes ghost-hunting at a […]

Ghosts and zombies, weirdness and gore

Invisible Inkling

The following books offer chills and thrills with some laughs thrown in for good measure. What more do middle-graders and middle-schoolers need come October 31st? Invisible Inkling: Dangerous Pumpkins by Emily Jenkins picks up the story of fourth-grade Brooklynite Hank Wolowitz and his bandipat friend Inkling (an invisible, endangered, pumpkin-loving creature). It’s almost Halloween, and […]

From the Editor – October 2012


If your library is anything like the ones I worked in years ago, there were two types of holiday books we could never keep on the shelves regardless of season. Christmas books went out all year round, and books about monsters, ghouls, the Great Pumpkin and anything with a “scary story” were always in demand. […]

Diseased bodies, blood, and bones

The Book of Blood

Sounds like the makings for a horror movie or witch’s brew. However, the topics covered in four new nonfiction books are less gory than they are invitations to broaden readers’ understanding of the history of humankind. HP Newquist’s The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins provides an intriguing, encyclopedic profile […]

Spooks, and ninjas, and vampires—oh my!

Trick or Treat

Who needs candy? These four new treats will satisfy picture book fans hungry for Halloween fun. While delivering invitations to his Halloween party, ghost Oliver, star of Leo Landry’s Trick or Treat, doesn’t notice when one slips away and floats down to two boys. When “a little cow and a little jack-o’-lantern” unexpectedly arrive at […]

Left-of-center supernatural fantasy

The Peculiars

This time of year, vampires, zombies, and other things that go bump in the night — already omnipresent in YA fantasy — get an extra workout. These new novels are no mere creature features, though, presenting carefully crafted dark fantasy worlds and nuanced “monsters” more like us than we might want to believe. In The […]

Books to give you chills

ghosts in the house

…and maybe chuckles!  Here are some of our favorite recent Halloween reads, including scary and not-so-scary stories alike.