Good afternoon on this bright and breezy All Hallow’s Eve’s Eve! Today I have three reads for the young and young at heart that are sufficiently spooky, creepy or icky as to qualify for the “Halloween Reads” category, while also having enough humour to satisfy those with a
sissy sensitive consitution.
In ascending order of age-appropriateness, we have:
Spinster Goose: Twisted Rhymes for Naughty Children
by Lisa Wheeler and Sophie Blackall
A cautionary tale in poetry warning children to behave, lest they be sent to learn proper decorum under the guidance of the horrid headmistress, Spinster Goose.
In case you’re wondering who might be sent to such a school and what their fate might be, the following verse from the tome will probably suffice to explain:
The pinchers get pinched,
and the pokers get poked.
The biters get bit,
and the smokers get smoked.
The takers get taken.
The sordid get sore.
The shakers get shaken right down to their core. (p7)
So watch out.
Spook factor: A resounding 3 out of 5 screams for anyone who has ever attended (or is about to attend) school…
Laugh-o-meter: Giggle-inducing. Particularly if you are, or ever have been, a teacher.
Reading Age: Read-aloud-able from early school age
And next we have…
Sucked In! The Story of an Appendix on the Loose
by Paul Jennings and Terry Denton
A jaunty tale about a disembodied appendix that escapes its specimen jar and creates stomach-heaving havoc around the neighbourhood.
Spook Factor: 4 out of 5 screams for pure, unadulterated ingestion-by-appendix
Laugh-o-meter: Guffaw to Belly Laugh.
Reading Age: Read-aloud-able from early school age, read alone for middle grade
by David Walliams
Local kids begin finding unspeakable offerings under their pillows instead of the usual coinage, in exchange for loose teeth. On a completely unrelated note, a new, slightly odd dentist sets up shop in the town.
Spook Factor: 2 out of 5 screams for the unspeakable offerings
Reading Age: Middle grade
So there you have it – three spooktacularly fun reads for mini-fleshlings. Enjoy!
Until next time,
Bru -oooo -ce