Perfect Picture Book Friday! Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween by Garth Stein

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.

enzoEnzo’s Very Scary Halloween 
Written by Garth Stein
Illustrated by R.W. Alley
40 pages – ages 5+

Published by HarperCollins on July 26, 2016

Theme/Topic- Halloween

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- has a good list of Halloween activities and resources HERE. 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.

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19 replies

  1. Aw, this does sound very sweet. After all Halloween can seem pretty scary to a little puppy (or kids!)

  2. Grezt cover! Of course all tne costumes and doorbell ringing could confuse a young pup!

  3. Halloween can be a scary event for some kids. Nice to see a book on this topic.

  4. I just bought a different book by Bob Alley. He is one of my favorite people. Thanks.

  5. This looks absolutely adorable!!

  6. What I especially love is the first sentence of the book. “…tell it the scary way.” Instantly, I’m ready to curl up on the sofa with a blanket and listen.

  7. I feel you, Enzo! Lots of things about Halloween scare the tutu off me. Mom helps me by carrying me past the scariest things (pumpkins).

    Love and licks,

  8. What a charming book. I love the cover and the opening of the story. Great pick for young children.

  9. aw – it looks cute. The cover, too.

  10. I here ya Leslie only I want to curl up under the blankets. Halloween can be just as scary for big kids too. I love the cute cover. Thanks Erik.

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