C r e a k! The first treat out of my Halloween book fault was created by Lee Bennett Hopkins.
RAGGED SHADOWS, Poems of Halloween Night will delight! Haunt the collectible book sites for this unnew treasure to spend All Hallow’s Eve with Jane Yolen, Nancy Willard, Fran Haraway, Karla Kushkin,Deborah Chandra, Barbara Juster Esbensen, Alice Schertle,Valerie Worth, Marilyn Waniek, Pamela Espeland andof course, Lee. Such a partee!
Here is Lee’s poem.
And isn’t it so like Lee, in his selection for the collection, to remind us of the day-after all-safe! day of Allhallowmas. It’s only been a year and two months since Lee left this earth, but it still feels fresh. So grateful to find a Lee hug within each of his books.
This year I’m late to Halloween preparation but here is my short confection.
Ghost stories for a Celtic celebration.
What October traditions have you seen?
Thank you, olden times Irish refugees
for your gift import, of All’ Hallowe’en.
𝕔𝕠𝕡𝕪𝕣𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥©𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘JGAnnino, all rights reserved
Please look for KNOCK ON WOOD from poet Janet Wong and artist Julie Paschkis. It’s great for older kids who still love Halloween but deserve a more nuanced illustrated journey. This one weaves through the world of superstitions.
A favorite treat in Knock on Wood is this poem:
I also like to run my finger over the branches finding all the tree details.
Halloween isn’t just an outdoor partee at our house. This year I’ve used the fireplace hearth, too. Where in the house do you decorate? We are still feeling festive about a socially distanced Halloween. How are you handling things? I have an idea to put a big plastic bowl of candy on a chair at the end of our drive & keep lights off, blinds down.
The RAGGED SHADOWS page-turning step-this-way don’t-be-too-scared! cut paper artwork is from the very talented Giles Laroche.
Trusted friends are also recommending, these I haven’t seen:
THAT MONSTER On THE BLOCK, by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Luke Flowers MONSTER MAKES A SANDWICH by Adam Rex SHE WANTED TO BE HAUNTED Marcus Ewert and Susie Ghahreman PICK A PUMPKIN by Patricia Toht and Jarvis, earlier love, here. FLASHLIGHT NIGHT by Matt Forrest Esenwine and Fred Koehler MONSTER SCHOOL by Kate Combs and Lee Gatlin
Just in today’s traditional mail post, a treasure from an author I met through Michelle Barnes at Today’s Little Ditty, rhyming poet Carrie Clickard, who has sadly passed on, but not before creating this treat with artist John Shelley, MAGIC FOR SALE.
“On the corner of Hemlock and Blight/. skulks the shop of Miss Pustula Night/ with a sign on the stair:
COME INSIDE. BUT BEWARE
THE UNWELCOME MAT’S LIKELY TO BITE!”
copyright Carrie Clickard, illustrated by John Shelley
Please add your favorites in the comments. Day and night we visit with our October gal when we pass down the drive. Her flair is the work of my artist mother-through-marriage, my hubby’s talented Mom, and it’s just not Halloween month without her riding herd on our yard. She never arrived with a name and I feel we are way overdue in conjuring that. Hmmmm.
Hope the zombies don’t get you!