Friday, October 29, 2010

Spooky Stories and Some Program Room Artwork!

Halloween is fast approaching (in fact, it may be RIGHT BEHIND YOU!) and there’s no better time to enjoy a good spooky story. We thought we would share with you some of our favorite books for this time of year:

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
In this hilarious book Mr. Rex writes poems about the everyday trials and tribulations of the more famous monsters, and illustrates them in a variety of styles. In this book, the Wolfman’s pet dog Dynamite leaves him a stern letter about considerate behavior; the invisible man gets a hair cut; the Creature from the Black lagoon learns an important lesson about swimming after eating; and Dracula’s minions are reluctant to tell him that he has a leafy green vegetable stuck between his teeth.

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Most of the monsters you read about tend to be the ones that are really and truly terrifying. Leonardo is not one of those monsters. He just can't find it within himself to be scary: he really is a terrible monster. Leonardo decides what he needs is to find the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, and then he'll finally scare someone. When he discovers Sam, he finds something other than the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
In this classic book, Mr. Emberley allows kids to confront their greatest fear, the horrible scary monster, in a fun way. In the first half of the book, each die-cut page reveals another horrifying feature of the monster’s appearance—his eyes, his nose, his fangs—while in the book’s second half kids get to banish each of these features away from the book until the monster is entirely gone.

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer
Another great story about kids confronting their fears. The young boy in this book is scared of the monster that lurks in his closet, spending each night hiding under his sheets. This continues until the night he decides to take control and frighten the monster instead. This can be a good book to reassure kids that may share this fear that there’s really nothing in there except our old clothes—although, sometimes those can be frightening enough.

And to further the frights, here's some artwork made by visitors in our Program Room at our "Painting with Creepy Crawlies" activity:

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