Halloween celebrations in Australia have become a lot more popular in recent years. It is not uncommon nowadays to see costumes, decorations and all manner of creepy merchandise released by stores in preparation for the October 31st celebrations.
In keeping with the trends, book publishing houses also like to jump onto the Halloween bandwagon, releasing books for kids of a suitably spooky nature. Below are three such offerings…
This Is The House That Monsters Built – Steve Metzger (Illustrated by Jared Lee)
Taking a cue from the progressive story-telling style of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, and This Is The House That Jack Built, the author of this story builds layers onto the rhyme, just as the monsters build layers onto the house. This picture story book covers all the bases, and features all of the scary characters you’d expect from a Halloween story: skeletons, vampires, werewolves, mummies, spiders, witches, zombies, ghosts, and much more. The illustrations, drawn with an ink stipple effect, are bright and full of detail, giving kids plenty to look at as they work their way through the repetition of the story.
Rating: 3.5/5 Published: September 2016
Mr. Tickle And The Scary Halloween - Roger Hargreaves
Mr Tickle enjoys the Halloween holidays, but doesn’t like how frightening it’s become, especially with Little Miss Scary roaming around and making it so. As a way to combat this problem, he hatches a plan that ensures she will be unable to scare anyone, thus giving everyone else the chance to have a good time. What will he do? And will his plan work? This is a great addition to the Mr Men and Little Miss series’, featuring several of the popular characters. The cover of the book also comes as a glow-in-the-dark limited edition, making this little Halloween story all the more special.
Rating: 3/5 Published: September 2013
What Do Werewolves Do When It’s Not Halloween? – Heath McKenzie
As everyone knows, Halloween only comes around once a year. So during the rest of the year, what do all of the scary creatures do to occupy their time? If you’re a mummy, you might try dying your bandages different colours to see what kind of designs you can come up with. Or, if you’re a zombie, you might try reading at the library to show that you also have brains and don’t just eat those of other people. If you’re a ghost, you might try to be nice to people for a while, rather than purposely scaring them, and if you’re a vampire bat, you might try busting some rhymes, making music and rapping. But what do werewolves do? This humorous rhyming story will keep both children and adults entertained, especially when coupled with McKenzie’s bright and bold illustrations.