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review 2017-04-04 22:50
Who Will Haunt My House on Halloween? - Jerry Pallotta,David Biedrzycki

This is a great book about all the different things you can be on Halloween. The girl realizes that none of the spooky things are real it is just other kids dressed up. This would be fun to read on Halloween day. It is leveled 160 L. 

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review 2017-04-04 22:47
Pumpkin Soup - Helen Cooper

This book is about animals that live in a white cabin in the woods. They make soup everyday and they each have their own specific duty to do. Until one day the duck wants to be the head chef and when he isn't allowed to he leaves. he other animals are unable to make the soup the right way without the duck so they set out to find him. When they are all together again they compromise and help each other create the soup. This would be great to read around the fall and Halloween time. It is leveled 310 L.

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review 2017-04-01 04:20
A Halloween Scare in Alabama
A Halloween Scare in Alabama (Halloween Scare: Prepare If You Dare) - Eric James,Marina La Ray

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This book is about a little boy's halloween night. He woke up and heard something outside of his house, so he peeked out the window and saw monsters outside all up and down the streets. Then it starts to name off cities in Alabama and monsters that are there. Then at the end of the book, he comes back home to find monsters in his house the whole time. There was a halloween ball and he won the best halloween costume prize. 

I would use this book during halloween to talk about halloween and direction/location with my students. I would use this book with 2nd grade to 5th grade. 

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review 2017-03-22 00:00
The Halloween Children
The Halloween Children - Brian James Freeman,Norman Prentiss A new October classic. (Yes, I am aware that it is March as I am writing this review.)

As Halloween looms, tensions are building between the members of the Naylor family. Relations are getting woefully strained. Fractured. Violent. To top it off the annual Stillbrook Apartment Halloween party has been cancelled. That was the last straw. The Halloween Children are not going to like that at all. Looks like the Naylor’s family woes are the least of their worries. There are much darker forces at work here. And they are about to make a grand appearance.

Damn, I wish I read this in October. It really was great, but I think it would have gotten a little extra juice had I read it during the Halloween season. Nevertheless, I enjoyed everything about this one. Solid 4.5 stars and a perfect Halloween read.
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review 2017-02-15 22:39
Big Pumpkin -Lexile level AD350L
Big Pumpkin - Erica Silverman,John McDonough

Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman, is about a witch who finds a great big pumpkin to make pumpkin pie out of, but she can't get it off of the vine because it's to big and heavy. The witch has many ghouls and goblins come out and try to help her get the pumpkin off the vine, but nothing works. Eventually they work as a team and pull the pumpkin off of the vine together, and luckily it rolls down the hill right into the witches house. The witch then gets to make her pumpkin pie and share it with all of her new friends. I believe that this book would be a great book to use during Halloween to promote teamwork and sharing. I also believe that this book would be a great book to read to your class and then have them take a "field trip" outside so that I can sit them down and cut open a pumpkin so we can go over the insides of a pumpkin and what they are called, look like, and fell like. By tying in the pumpkin activity it would be a great way to tie in science, along with letting them do something fun and interesting. I would use this book for grades first through third to tie in Halloween activities along with educational ones. 

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