Dragon’s Halloween. I.

Pilkey, Dav. Dragon’s Halloween. I. 1993

More misadventures with the lovable blue Dragon.  Dragon wants to make a big jack-o’-lantern, but can only find six small pumpkins.  Though some bullies come along to try and ruin his fun, Dragon perseveres and scares them off.  Dragon also gets invited to a costume party and gets scared by his own grumbling stomach in the woods.

TAGS: Dragon, Halloween, funny, humor, pumpkin, jack-o’-lantern, costume, party, silly, scary, bullying, fiction, I, North Franklin

Howliday Inn. Q/R.

INFO: Howe, James. Howliday Inn. Q/R. 1982.

DESC: In Howe’s solo return (R.I.P., Deborah!) to the characters and plotlines that haunted the perennially-beloved Bunnicula, we again see Howard, humble narrator, pitching a finished manuscript to his bemused human editor. This time, Howard shares the tale of the time the Monroe family left on vacation, and made the fateful decision to board our favorite cat and dog at the deceptively fancy-sounding Chateau Bow-Wow. Harold and Chester quickly realize that their kennel is far from ordinary! The real gem in Howliday Inn, as with Bunnicula, is Harold and Chester’s complicated relationship, and Howe’s genius portrayal of their very different – and very compelling – personalities. Also noteworthy is the amount of awesome vocabulary that Howe’s Bunnicula books deliver – you might want to have your kiddos have their notebooks ready, because they’ll be in for a treat (and, thanks to erudite Chester and Harold, a whole new lease on the English language!)

TAGS: animals, mysteries, detective stories, animal mysteries, spooky stories, scary, haunted houses, bunnicula, really smart household pets, problem-solving, clues, classics, Q/R, fiction, chapter, popular

Scared at Night! H.

INFO: Charren, Deborah. Scared at Night! H. 2001.

DESC: One of the more amusing of the early levelled readers. This two-chapter book with live-action (looks like throw-away camera, c. 1991) stills chronciles the life of young Kai, who is terrified of the dark. Kai confronts his many monsters (with the help of his dad), and eventually finds a great solution for camping, regardless of the spooky noises! 2nd graders will identify with Kai’s fear and paranoia; and will appreciate the goofy and over-the-top photo accompaniments throughout!

INFO: fear, scary, spooky, scared of the dark, camping, friendship, family, monsters, monsters?

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. P.

INFO: Howe, Deborah and James. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. P. 1979.

DESC: Bunnicula is a classic animal horror-mystery, but the best part isn’t the vampiric rabbit: it’s the incredible personalities of Harold and Chester, dog and cat, and the book’s main narrator & character. This book makes an awesome transition for strong readers into more complex elements of fiction – it contains multiple and sometimes conflicting points of view, evidence to be interpreted, “red herrings,” and even a frame-story, ‘editor’s letter,’ and prologue. Students love it!

TAGS: mystery, vampires, dracula, animals, rabbits, bunnies, dogs, cats, detective stories, family, adventure, spooky, scary, chapter, fiction, funny, P