Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tricky Treats

The magic of time-stamping allows me to post this a week late. 

Dorrie and the Blue Witch by Patricia Coombs
"That was a good book," my daughter said after reading it at the breakfast table. Perhaps it was the line "her stockings never match." Perhaps it was the sky blue and mustard yellow splashes of color in the black and white illustrations. Perhaps it was the story -  Dorrie and her cat Gink are left alone in the house. A Blue Witch knocks on the door. Dorrie must use her wits (and Cook's magic ingredients) to protect herself from the unexpected visitor.  Dorrie saves the day and can safely go to bed. 

Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray and illustrations by Brandon Dorman
This eerily lit book is a spooky version of "The Night Before Christmas." Zombies, little green creepies, mummies, and yes, even harpies, turn the tables on a band of trick or treaters. Having rid themselves of the pesky door bell ringers, the creepy creatures can enjoy their feast of grubs and bugs in peace. 

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and pictures by Axel Scheffler
In this rhyming tale of friendship and cooperation, a witch offers various animals a ride on her broom. When the witch gets into trouble, her new friends rally together to save her. The expressions (ranging from terror to exhilaration) on the animals' faces are priceless.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Right One

Many times a love story can end badly. But then there are the stories in this book. 

All There Is by Dave Isay is a collection of love stories from StoryCorps. Although I enjoyed reading the narratives, I found the ones I had heard first on the radio most touching. However, for those times when you don't have access to audio, this book brings together voices that are clear enough to hear anyway.