Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Click, Clack, BooClick, Clack, Boo!  A Tricky Treat, by Doreen Cronin, 40 pages.
@SPL:  JP Croni

Farmer Brown is not fond of Halloween. In fact, he finds it rather frightening, so instead of answering his door to trick-or-treaters that evening, he leaves a bowl of candy on the front porch and places a “DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door.

Later, when he finds his candy gone and a large HALLOWEEN PARTY IN THE BARN poster on his door, he marches indignantly to the barn where his farm animals are having a great time. Determined to break up the revelry, Farmer Brown finds that instead, he is the recipient of a completely unexpected honour. 

Beginning with Click Clack Moo, Doreen Cronin’s hilarious stories about Farmer Brown and his clever farm animals have been tickling the funny bones of young children since 2000.

** Recommended for ages 3 to 7 years.

Who Goes There?Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson, 40 pages.
@SPL:  JP Wilso

As he is settling into his new home - a small hole in a large tree, little Lewis Mouse begins to hear some strange noises. What could be making those scratching, scratching and tapping noises outside his door? 

When there is no answer to his loud shout of “Who goes there?” Lewis imagines the scary possibilities: a hungry horned owl, a sharp-clawed cat, or even a huge bear.

Instead, he finds a little mouse named Joy, who thinks that the tree is hers.

After the confusion is cleared up, Lewis and Joy become good friends in this cozy, comforting picture book (dedicated to writer C.S. Lewis and his wife, Joy) by favourite children’s author Karma Wilson.

** Recommended for ages 3 to 5 years.

The Halloween Gross-out GuideThe Halloween Gross-Out Guide, by Ruth Owen, 32 pages.
@SPL:  J 745.5941646 Owe

Looking to raise the fear factor in your house on October 31?  If so, the Halloween Gross-Out Guide is definitely for you!

How to make sticky fake blood, gruesome fake wounds, moldy masks and monster attire are clearly explained and illustrated in this Do-It-Yourself Guide. Alien nightlights, awesome slime and fake iced body parts will help you decorate your house in true Halloween “spirit”.

Revolting recipes, a Halloween glossary and an explanation of the origins of Halloween complete this eye-catching, fun-to-read book.

** Recommended for ages 7 to 11 years.
This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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