October 31, 2011

Some (Not So Scary) Picture Books

Whether you celebrate Halloween or not-spooky, scary, fun, and hairy, picture books, are a delight to read all year round. Check out a few of my favourite (not so scary) picture books.

Front CoverGuess What? written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Vivienne Goodman, is one of my all time favourite picture books. I love how the text flows through a series of questions and the detailed illustrations reveal a clever mix of Aussie icons and clues for its readers.

The Everyday WitchThe Everyday Witch written by Liz Martinez and illustrated by Mark Beech, is a humorous rhyming tale about a boy named Jimmy, who thinks his mum may be a witch.

Sounds Spooky written by Christopher Cheng and Illustrated by Sarah Davis has already sold out of its first print run and has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards.  It's a spooky tale filled with onomatopoeia and spooky sounds and chants to keep young readers asking,  'What's that noise that I can hear? I'm not scared!'

Check out the Sounds Spooky Website. There's heaps to explore...Wah ha ha ha ha.


Karen Tyrrell said...

Thanks Renee,
for introducing me to these 'spooky' children's books.
Books which I haven't come across before.
Fabulous reviews, enough to entice me to read them :)
Karen T.

Renee Taprell said...

Hi Karen,
I so want to get my hands on a copy of Spooky Sounds.Check out the website if you get a chance. It's heaps of fun.

DimbutNice said...

Renee, I love Mem Fox but came across this one of hers a few years ago. Found it oddly disturbing! Will check out the others soon. Hope you had a spooktacular Halloween! Still reeling from the sugar myself...

Renee Taprell said...

Guess what? is definitely on the lighter side of Mem's picture book collection. I might be a bit oddly disturbing because I really like it...ha ha.

Although I love the story, the illustrations make this book for me.