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Thank you so much for your emails sharing your family's favorite Halloween books with me. I have many to pass along and one of my own to add to the list.
I got several emails recommending a quirky picture book for the little ones, ages 3 to 6, called Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler, illustrations by S. D. Shindler. It's a book about a skeleton who gets the hiccups and can't get rid of them by holding his breath or drinking water upside down. In fact, it takes seeing his reflection in the mirror to scare the hiccups out of him.
One book that is marketed for kids but which parents seemed to enjoy more is Halloween by Jerry Seinfeld, James Bennett illustrator. This one says ages 6 to adult, and you are going to love the Seinfeld rants. "Come on lady, let's go! Halloween, doorbells, candy, let's pick it up in there." This is a good one.
And for your bigger readers, ages 9 to 12, there is a longer paperback book that sounds great that my friend Jason loved. It's The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs, Edward Gorey illustrator. This is a story about a young boy who moves in with his uncle after the death of his parents and later finds out his uncle is a wizard. He discovers this before he awakens the dead on Halloween night.
And my personal selection, Thomas and the Castle - one of the Thomas the Train books by Reverend Audry and Tommy Stubbs illustrator. My son loves all things Thomas and this one has a spooky theme.
Happy Halloween everyone - and happy reading with your kids.