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.


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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