Saturday, October 22, 2011

My Favorite "Autumn" Book...

This book is written by Chris Van Allsburg. You would probably recognize his most famous book titled, The Polar Express. He is both the author and illustrator. Most of his books have twists and are very mysterious and strange, such as another book he wrote and illustrated titled, Jumanji. This is the book review of The Widow's Broom taken from

Some of Minna Shaw's neighbors don't trust her clever broom. "It's dangerous," they say. "It's a wicked, wicked thing." Minna disagrees. She appreciates the broom's help around the house. She enjoys its quiet company. It seems perfectly innocent and hard-working to her. But one day two children get a well-deserved thrashing from the broom. For her neighbors, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obliged to give up her dear companion.

Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this supernatural tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed.

Not so Scary Stories

Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Halloween Bugs: A Trick-Or-Treat Pop-Up by David A. Carter
Halloween Night by Arden Druce
Halloween Puzzles by Helene Hovanec
Halloween Sky Ride by Elizabeth Spurr
Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osborne
I Spy Spooky Night by Jean Marzollo
In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting
Inside a House That Is Haunted: A Rebus Read-Along Story by Alyssa Satin
It's Halloween! by Jack Prelutsky
Jan Pienkowski's Haunted House by Jan Pienkowski
Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies by Mark Kimball Moulton
Mrs. McMurphy's Pumpkin by Rick Walton
Peek-a-Boooo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Pigs Go to Market - Halloween Fun with Math and Shopping by Amy Axelrod
Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming
Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting
Shake Dem Halloween Bones! by Mike Reed
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Tell Me a Scary Story by Carl Reiner
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'connell
The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler

The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Trick or Treat Countdown by Patricia Hubbard
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
Bugs That Go Bump in the Night by David A. Carter
Dragon's Halloween by Dav Pilkey

Others include:

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen
The 13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Vasilovich
Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane
Never Kick a Ghost and Other Silly Chillers by Judy Sierra
The House that Drac Built by Judy Sierra
What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt

Friday, October 21, 2011

I love track out!

This was me before track out......

After tracking out, I enjoyed the mountains near Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Boone, NC. These are a few of the photos I took. The photo with the farm reminds me of Sleepy Hollow which also reminds me of Halloween. I will be posting some books that are a little scary for those parents that want to enjoy this time of year without giving your children nightmares. Stay tuned.....

Wow, I am so glad I had three weeks to energize, paint, do laundry, wash the dog, clean the carpets, go to class, travel, blog, visit friends, go to two doctors, get my teeth cleaned (no cavities) look for squash racquets, book my son's trip for Thanksgiving, decorate for Halloween, oh...and find out my daughter needs a tonsilectomy on November 10th....oh well, such is life:-) Hope your track out was relaxing and productive...only 8 more weeks till we track out again!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011