Inside: a list of funny books to read in anticipation of Halloween with your kids.
It has been observed by many wise men and women (the names elude me now) that laughter is the best medicine. It has even been recorded that laughter can prevent stretch marks, cure diarrhea and fix a bad case of halitosis. I haven’t actually seen these records, but I only have to look at my kids to know it’s true. Not a single stretch mark between all of them, and they do laugh a lot.
What is a parent to do to encourage more laughter at home?
Space Case, Edward Marshall
Frankenstein, Ludworst Bemonster
Halloweena, Miriam Glassman
Over in the Hollow, Rebecca Dickinson
Goodnight Goon, Michael Rex
Creepy Carrots, Aaron Reynolds
This is not a Halloween book per se, but this wonderfully creepy story is perfect for this time of the year. Jasper loves fat and crispt carrots that grown on Crackenhopper field near his house, but do the carrots like him? There’s lots of action, suspense, and an unexpected twist at the end.
My kids find the idea that carrots can be evil and dangerous extremely funny. This is a great book to discuss what is being said with the illustrations. Peter Brown’s atmospheric black, white, and orange drawings are expressive. The exaggerated facial expressions offer a great opportunity to talk about how Jasper is feeling in different situations and how he is dealing with his feelings.
I love the lesson in problem-solving, fears, and moving forward.