Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a nice not too spooky book for Halloween.
Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween
Written by Garth Stein
Illustrated by R.W. Alley
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by HarperCollins on July 26, 2016
Genre- Realistic Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “‘Tell us about Halloween, Daddy,’ Zoë says one fall evening. ‘But tell it the scary way!'”
Synopsis from publisher: “When Halloween comes around, Enzo doesn’t know what to expect. Jack-o’-lanterns light up the streets, giant spiders weave webs on porches, and ordinary lawns become creepy graveyards while every child and dog transforms into a creature of some kind—including Enzo!
Enzo the dragon is determined to protect fairy princess Zoë from the monsters and goblins in their neighborhood, but when things get a little too scary, his family is there to reassure him that everything is make-believe and only meant to be fun—just like the wonderful trick-or-treat parade that ends this spook-tastic night! R. W. Alley’s fantastic illustrations bring Enzo to life as he discovers the frightful fun of Halloween. “
What I Thought- I really like the Enzo books and this one is a nice addition. They are nice stories that have the innocence of a young puppy learning about a holiday. Young kids will like how Enzo misinterprets the idea of Halloween, and is very frightened because of it. The illustrations are perfect for the story, with a sweet almost-cartoon feel. Stein’s writing style is nice for read-alouds, and teachers could use this book to talk with kindergartners or preschoolers. I’ve enjoyed Stein’s middle-grade books and am finding I enjoy is picture books just as much.
Activities and Resources- Activityvillage.co.uk has a good list of Halloween activities and resources HERE.
FamilyEducation.com has a list of Not-Too-Spooky Halloween activities for kids – click HERE.
Read a sample from the book at the publisher’s website HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!