Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Trouble

Jan Thomas has a Halloween book out, and it is, of course, funny. Pumpkin Trouble, published by Harper Collins, is short and clever and the kids just eat up the irony and drama.  Personally, I think that The Doghouse, with its growing suspense and promise of gore and carnage (don't worry, everyone escapes alive, no gore.... much to so many preschoolers' disappointment ?!?!) is also a perfectly great Halloween book.   Check out all of Jan Thomas' books.  They are all a hoot.

The program below will keep kids of almost any age preoccupied while the jack-o-lantern is being carved or everybody is watching the clock waiting for the magical minute when city-sanctioned trick or treating begins!  Enjoy!  Later, when everyone is home and warm and full of candy, scare the begesus out of 'em with a rendition of "The Taily Po," an old Southern folk tale.  This is one of my all time favorite scary stories thanks to a colleague at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Thanks Ian!).  Scritch-Scratch, you can even make the teenagers shiver with this one.... Check out the Galdone's version.












PROGRAM:

Harvey the Family Pet ...what is Harvey?  Who knows but everyone in the family is mysteriously disappearing and Harvey is getting larger, and larger, and larger.  This is a short story with audience chorus from Storytime Stretchers by Naomi Baltuck












Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly












Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas 

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