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Check It Out: Picking stuff off of the 'spooky shelves'

October 23, 2010|By Mona Kobersy

Beware: The spooky season is upon us!

Children often love to scare themselves silly and this is the time of the year for such fun. The hours of sunshine are shorter, and the dark nights begin much earlier. Bedtime book requests are made up of spooky tales and there is something for all ages and scare levels. There are picture books for toddlers all the way up to chapter books for school-age children.

Here are just a few of the spooky books found haunting the shelves at your Newport Beach Public Library.

"The Graves Family" by Patricia Polacco: When the spooky Graves family moves to town and tries to fit in with the "normal" residents of Union City, everyone is in for a few surprises. This picture book provides an interesting approach to the issue of moving to a new place by a very well-loved and prolific children's author.

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"The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything" by Linda Williams: A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods, trying to scare her. A classic story used when the issue of fear and finding courage within is a topic a family wants to discuss.

"Four on the Shore" by Edward Marshall: Hoping to scare away Spider's little brother, Willy, Lolly Spider, and Sam each tell a spooky story — but then Willy has a story of his own to tell. This one is a light hearted and endearing take on trying to spook little siblings away and in the process the child scares themselves worse.

"The Spooky Tire" by Jon Scieszka: On a dark and stormy night, Melvin the truck rolls into a spooky junkyard to find a replacement for his flat tire. This book is in the popular series, Trucktown, by a very well known children's literature author with a unique style.

"Lunch Walks Among Us" by Jim Benton: Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in — which works until a monster erupts from the trash can. This is the first book in the series "Franny K. Stein; Mad Scientist." The importance of a strengthening a child's unique identity is craftily woven among all the laughs in this popular book.

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