Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

October 07, 2019

Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round

Written by Rosanna Battigelli
Illustrated by Tara Anderson
Pajama Press
978-1-77278-092-5
24 pp.
Ages 3-6
September 2019

Get ready for some Halloween festivities with Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round and engage young children in the Halloween holiday with only the fun and delight, and none of the fear or creepiness so pervasive in the celebrations of older trick-or-treaters.

Whether you're a parent or teacher, you'll know of the annual October visit to the pumpkin patch to pick out a perfect pumpkin or two for Halloween night.  In lively rhyming verse of two word phrases that always begin with the word "pumpkin", Rosanna Battigelli welcomes the reader to participate in the sensory experience of that pumpkin path visit  and the subsequent carving of the jack-o'-lantern (instructions for "You Can Carve a Jack-o-Lantern Too!" are included on the endpapers), without the travel or the mess.
From Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round by Rosanna Battigelli, illus. by Tara Anderson
From Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round by Rosanna Battigelli, illus. by Tara Anderson
Then, just as so many children will be doing on October 31st, the felines of Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round prepare for their costumed foray into the neighbourhood for a bit of trick-or-treating.
Pumpkin mask,
pumpkin dare,
pumpkin candy,
pumpkin scare!
From Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round by Rosanna Battigelli, illus. by Tara Anderson
Finally they return home to a snack, a story and bed.

So many children love Halloween for the dress-up and the candy but little ones rarely get into the scary aspects of the day and, for those many children, Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round is a perfect holiday read. Its light rhyme will get children repeating the text, first predicting and ultimately reading, with its metrical melody of syllabic fun. Rosanna Battigelli has pitched her first picture book perfectly for the very young, ensuring a fun read that invites them to take on their own reading.

Illustrator Tara Anderson's bio shares that she has cats at home and perhaps that explains why she knows these feline wonders so well, anthropomorphizing them into playful children of diversity. They vary in colour and size, expression and activity and present the enjoyment of a special day spent with family and friends. Her artwork, coloured pencil and acrylic glaze on watercolour paper, emphasizes the bright oranges and complementary purple of the pumpkins and the night, exuding playfulness and caring. Her characters are adorable, the days and night comforting, and the action enthralling.

Young children may not know that costumes and jack-o'-lanterns were originally used to ward off spirits on All Hallows' Eve but they do know the joy of pumpkin picking and carving and dressing up and procuring oodles of candy and, with Rosanna Battigelli and Tara Anderson's picture book, they can do so on many nights before and after October 31st.
From Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round by Rosanna Battigelli, illus. by Tara Anderson

April 13, 2016

Kabungo

by Rolli
Illustrated by Milan Pavlović
Groundwood Books
978-1-55498-804-4
173 pp.
Ages 7-10
April 2016

It’s a different world when your best friend is a cavegirl but Beverly is the very best of friends to Kabungo who lives in a cave on Main Street in Star City.  Beverly has learned much of Kabungo’s vocabulary–sungo for night, sunup for day, sniff for follow and Belly for Beverly–but she still wants to teach Kabungo about living in the “civilized” world. Whether it’s teaching Kabungo the alphabet, or that it’s wrong to steal, Beverly does her best, often with a grain of salt and a whole lot of sugary fun.
I would have told her that flea powder wasn’t for eating, but I never tell anyone anything more than a hundred times.  It’s my personal rule. (pg. 13)
Kabungo, the book, is divided into eight chapters with an odd assortment of titles–Shark Toofs, Targur, Vibbles, Fundersticks, Himplepotamus, Flimsy Tree, Hopping Bird Day and Trigger Cheats!–that play on Kabungo’s ability to anunciate English words because of a scarcity of teeth.  (For a bit of fun, say the chapter titles aloud and see if you can discern what Kabungo is really trying to say.) Each chapter is an anecdote in the story of Kabungo and Beverly’s friendship.  From Kabungo’s desire to make jewelry with teeth scavenged at a retirement home, to her struggling with certain letters of the alphabet Beverly is teaching her, her affection for her new kitten Bun, a visit to Miss VeDore’s mansion and pumpkin field, or Kabungo’s knack for creating a family from an odd assortment of people and branches she comes upon, it's all in day's friendship for these two.

Regardless of how much she seems to understand, Kabungo is an astute and absorbing young girl of ten, and a delight to meet in Rolli’s Kabungo (okay, maybe not in person, as she does have fleas and isn’t into personal hygiene or etiquette).  Same goes for Beverly whose perceptive observations, some via her Aunt Ev and Uncle George, will serve her well in life and her friendship with Kabungo, as well as others who heed her wisdom.
Apologies are heavy.  They’re boulders. It’s hard work pushing a boulder, even if it’s just across the room. A lot of people give up halfway and lose a friend forever. (pg. 85)
As my Uncle George always says, sooner or later, even impossible takes a nap. (pg. 27-8)
Very wise for a ten-year-old.

Rolli has written a witty story for the pre-middle grade reader for whom the early reader may be too easy and MG books too mature.  It’s comical in its word play, likeable in its characters–Kabungo, Beverly, Mr. and Mrs. Gobshaw, Miss VeDore, and more–and entertaining in its short stories. Having a best friend who’s a cavegirl makes for a world that is hardly boring. And, contrary to her teacher who thinks Beverly’s definition of boredom– “when everything turns out like you expected” (pg. 56)– to be incorrect, I think Beverly knows exactly what boring is and accurately recognizes that her friendship with Kabungo is anything but predictable.

October 05, 2014

Spooky youngCanLit Reads for Halloween


Whether you're looking for a funny Halloween read for your youngest readers (or listeners), historical reads with an edge, a frightening young adult novel, or some true ghost stories, this list of youngCanLit reads has something for everyone. And, while I couldn't include everything, there are several authors whom I would recommend for anything spooky: L. M. Falcone (for a middle-grade fun read); Arthur Slade (for a middle-grade evil); Kelley Armstrong, the queen of queasy (for young adult); and Alyxandra Harvey, who rocks YA vampires. Take your pick!


PICTURE BOOKS

Black and Bittern Was Night
by Robert Heidbreder

Illustrated by John Martz
Kids Can Press
32 pp.

Ages 5-8
2013


Boo!
by Robert Munsch

Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Scholastic Canada
32 pp.
Ages+
2004


A Day at the Pumpkin Patch 
by Megan Faulkner
Photographs by Adam Krawesky
Scholastic Canada
30 pp.
Ages 6-10
2006


Franklin's Halloween
by Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrated by Brenda Clark
Kids Can Press

32 pp.
Ages 5-8
1996


Ghost Train
by Paul Yee
Illustrated by Harvey Chan
Groundwood Books
Ages 8-12
1996


The Haunted House That Jack Built
by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by David Parkins
Scholastic Canada
32 pp.

Ages 4-7
2010


Omar’s Halloween
by Maryann Kovalski
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.

Ages 2-6
2006

Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round
by Rosanna Battigelli
Illustrated by Tara Anderson
Pajama Press
24 pp.
Ages 3-6
2019


Pumpkin People
by Sandra and Ron Lightburn
Nimbus
32 pp.
Ages 5-8
2008


Pup and Hound Scare a Ghost 
by Susan Hood
Illustrated by Linda Hendry
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 4-6
2007


What There is Before There is Anything There
by Liniers
Translated by Elisa Amado
Groundwood Books
24 pp.
Ages 4-7
September 2014







CHAPTER BOOKS

Breath of a Ghost
by Anita Horrocks
Stoddart

195 pp.
Ages 9-12
1996


The Dead Kid Detective Agency
by Evan Munday
ECW Press
320 pp.
Ages 8-13
2011


The Devil, the Banshee and Me
by L. M. Falcone
Kids Can Press
192 pp.
Ages 9-12
2006


Dial "M" for Morna
by Evan Munday
ECW Press
296 pp.
Ages 8-13
2013


The Elevator Ghost
by Glen Huser
Illustrations by Stacy Innerst
Groundwood Books
168 pp.
Ages 7-12
August 2014



Five Days of the Ghost
by William Bell
Stoddart
196 pp.
Ages 10+
1989

Fred's Halloween Adventure
by Marie-Danielle Croteau

Illustrated by Bruno St-Aubin
Translated by Sarah Cummins
Formac
62 pp.

Ages 6-9
2002
The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green
by Anne Louise MacDonald
Kids Can Press
207 pp.
Ages 10-14
2005

Ghost Hotel (Arthur Slade's Canadian Chills series
by Arthur Slade
Coteau Books
134 pp.
Ages 9-13
2004



The Proof that Ghosts Exist (The Ghosthunters, Book 1)
by Carol Matas and Percy Nodelman
Key Porter
216 pp.
Ages 8-13
2008


The Curse of the Evening Eye (The Ghosthunters, Book 2)
by Carol Matas and Percy Nodelman
Key Porter
248 pp.
Ages 8-13
2009


The Hunt for the Haunted Elephant (The Ghosthunters, Book 3)
by Carol Matas and Percy Nodelman
Key Porter
272 pp.
Ages 8-13
2010


The Ghost and Max Munroe: Case #1 The Magic Box
by L. M. Falcone
Illustrated by Kim Smith
Kids Can Press
88 pp.
Ages 7-11
September 2014


Ghost Messages
by Jacqueline Guest
Coteau Books
184 pp.
Ages 9-12
2011

Ghosts of Government House
by Judith Silverthorne
Your Nickels Worth Publishing
114 pp.
Ages 9-12
2011
Ghost of Heroes Past
by Charles Reid
Ronsdale Press
168 pp.
Ages 10-14

2010


The Ghost of Lunenburg Manor (A Tom and Liz Austen Mystery)
by Eric Wilson
HarperCollins
109 pp.

Ages 9-11
1981/2003 


The Ghost of Northumberland Strait
by Lori Knutson
Dundurn
152 pp.
Ages 7-11
2008


The Ghost of Ramshaw Castle
by Robert Sutherland
Scholastic Canada
171 pp.
Ages 9-14
1990
The Ghost of the Stanley Cup (Screech Owl series)
by Roy MacGregor
McClelland & Stewart
118 pp.
Ages 9-13
2000



Ghost Ride
by Marina Cohen
Dundurn
172 pp.
Ages 11-13
2009

Ghosts of the Pacific
by Philip Roy
Ronsdale Press
251 pp.
Ages 11-14
2011


Ghosts of the Titanic
by Julie Lawson
Scholastic Canada
193 pp.
Ages 9-12
2011

Ghost Voyages
by Cora Taylor
Coteau Books
120 pp.
Ages 8-12

2003

Ghost Voyages II: The Matthew
by Cora Taylor
Coteau Books
112 pp.
Ages 8-12
2002

Ghost Voyages III: Endeavour and Resolution
by Cora Taylor
Coteau Books
176 pp.
Ages 8-12
2004

Ghost Voyages IV: Champlain and Cartier
by Cora Taylor
Coteau Books
128 pp.
Ages 8-12
2009


The Ghouls' Night Out
by Janice MacDonald
Illustrated by Pamela Breeze Currie
Ronsdale Press
49 pp.
Ages 7-9
1998
The Graveyard Hounds 
by Vi Hughes
Illustrated by Christina Leist
Tradewind Books
167 pp.

Ages 9-11
2008
Greysteel's Ghost
by Robert Sutherland
HarperTrophy Canada
176 pp.
Ages 8-13
2005


Haunted
by Barbara Haworth Attard
HarperCollins
273 pp.
Ages 10+
2009
The Haunting of Heck House (The Wiggins Weird, Book 2)
by Lesley Livingston and Jonathan LLyr
Puffin Canada
280 pp.
Ages 8-12
October, 2014

The Improbable Party on Plum Lane (Babysitter Out of Control Series, Book 3)

by Margaret J. McMaster
Mansbridge Dunn Publishers
53 pp.

Ages 7-9
2011


Invasion of the IQ Snatchers (Arthur Slade's Canadian Chills)
by Arthur Slade
Coteau Books
Ages 9-13
120 pp.
2007

The Midnight Curse
by L. M. Falcone
Kids Can Press
208 pp.
Ages 8-12
2010

Never to be Told
by Becky Citra
Orca Book Publishers
217 pp.
Ages 9-12
2006



The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin
384 pp.
Ages 10+
May, 2014

Northern Frights Trilogy
by Arthur Slade
HarperTrophy
352 pp.
Ages 10+
2014
Includes the original three books: Draugr, The Haunting of Drang Island and Loki Wolf




The Path of Trees
by Ari Goelman
Arthur E. Levine/Scholastic
399 pp.
Ages 10-12
2013


Return of the Grudstone Ghosts (Canadian Chills)
by Arthur Slade
Coteau Books
119 pp.
Ages 9-12
2002


The Secret of Grim Hill
by Linda DeMeulemeester
Lobster Press
187 pp.
Ages 9-13
2007

Shades: Tales of Fear and Wonder
by Arthur Slade
Dava Enterprises
79 pp.
Ages 11+
2011
Small Medium at Large
by Joanne Levy
Bloomsbury Children's Books
193 pp.
Ages 9-13
2012

That One Spooky Night
by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by David Huyck
Kids Can Press
80 pp.
Ages 7-10
2012

The Unseen: Scary Stories
by Janet Lunn
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
171 pp.
Ages 9-14
1996


Walking with the Dead
by L. M. Falcone
Kids Can Press
200 pp.
Ages 9-12
2005

Zombiekins
by Kevin Bolger
Illustrated by Aaron Blecha
Razorbill 
206 pp.
Ages 8-11
2010







YOUNG ADULT

Beyond: A Ghost Story
by Graham McNamee
Wendy Lamb Books /Random House Canada
226 pp.

Ages 14-17
2012


The Summoning
by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday
400 pp.
Ages 12+
2008

The Awakening
by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday
368 pp.
Age 12+
2009

The Reckoning
by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday
400 pp.
Ages 12+
2011


The Geomancer's Compass
by Melissa Hardy
Tundra Books
254 pp.
Ages 11-15
2012


Give Up the Ghost
by Megan Crewe
Henry Holt and Co. / H. B. Fenn
244 pp.

Ages 12-15
2009


Guardian
by Natasha Deen
Great Plains Teen Fiction
192 pp.
Ages 13+
September, 2014



Haunted

by Barbara Haworth-Attard
HarperTrophy
288 pp.
Ages 12+
2009

Haunting Violet

by Alyxandra Harvey
Bloomsbury
352 pp.
Ages 12+
2012


The Horrors: Terrifying Tales: Book One
ed. by Peter Carver
Red Deer Press
184 pp.
Ages 13+
2005

The Horrors: Terrifying Tales: Book Two
ed. by Peter Carver
Red Deer Press
207 pp.
Ages 12+
2006





The Prank (Nate’s Journal)

by K.E. Calder
Vanwell
93 pp.

Ages 10-13
2003

The Serpent’s Spell
by Rae Bridgman
Great Plains
190 pp.

Ages 10-14
2006


Someone Else's Ghost
by Margaret Buffie
Scholastic
227 pp.
Ages 12+
1995


This Dark Endeavour (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein)
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperTrophy Canada
304 pp.
Ages 12+
2011


Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book 2)
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperTrophy Canada
320 pp.
Ages 12+
2012



This is Not a Test
by Courtney Summers
St. Martin's Griffin
326 pp.
Ages 13+
2012






NON-FICTION


100% Pure Fake
by Lyn Thomas
Kid Can Press
48 pp.
Ages 8-12
2009


Are You Afraid Yet?: The Science of Scary Stuff
by Stephen James O'Meara
Illustrated by Jeremy Kaposy
Kids Can Press
80 pp.
Ages 8-12
2009
Canadian Hauntings: A Haunted Canada Book
by Beth Scott and Michael Norman
Scholastic Canada
136 pp.
Ages 9-13
2009


Ghost Trackers: The Unreal World of Ghosts, Ghost-Hunting, and the Paranormal
by Chris Gudgeon
Tundra
75 pp.
Ages 10-13
2010


Ghosts of the World: True Tales of Ghostly Hauntings
by Susan Smitten
Lone Pine Publishing
232 pp.
Ages 13+
2006

Gotcha! Mystery Hunters: 18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends
by David Acer

Illustrated by Stephen MacEachern
Kids Can Press
48 pp.
Ages 8-12

2008


Grim and Ghostly Stories: A Haunted Canada Book
by Pat Hancock and Allan Gould
Scholastic Canada
136 pp.
Ages 8-13
2006
Haunted Canada: True Ghost Stories
by Pat Hancock
Scholastic Canada
106 pp.

Ages 9-12
2003


Haunted Canada 2: True Tales of Terror
by Pat Hancock
Scholastic Canada
114 pp.
Ages 9-12
2005

Haunted Canada 3: More Ghost Stories

by Pat Hancock
Scholastic Canada 
128 pp.
Ages 9-12
2007
Haunted Canada 4: More True Tales of Terror
by Joel Sutherland
Scholastic Canada
128 pp.
Ages 9-12
2014

Haunted Canada: Ghost Stories
by Pat Hancock and Allan Gould
Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski
Scholastic Canada
172 pp.
Ages 8-13
2014


Scary Science: 24 Creepy Experiments
by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone
Illustrated by Ashley Spires
Scholastic Canada
48 pp.
Ages 8-13
2010


Strange and Spooky Stories: A Haunted Canada Book
by Pat Hancock
Scholastic Canada
128 pp.
Ages 8-13
2005



The Unexplained: A Haunted Canada Anthology
ed. by Janet Lunn
Scholastic Canada
160 pp.
Ages 9-13
2008




And my apologies for some inconsistency in the fonts and size.  Seems I have my own little cyber-ghost that keeps altering my font no matter how many times I clear the formatting.  


Happy Halloween!