Once again, this year, we’ll be celebrating, All Hallows Read.
What’s All Hallows Read? It’s a fantastic holiday book-giving project! The main premise: give someone a scary book for Halloween! Gosh, can I tell you how much better this goes down in our house than the stale caramels and ambiguous-looking “chews” we weed out of the trick-or-treat bags?!! And you bet miss Bea would rather be in her favourite bookstore, Indigo, than in a candy shop!
So, what are we giving for All Hallows Read?
Our teen reader, Bea, will be receiving six novels in four this Halloween. How’s that for a trick-or-treat? She’ll have her a first taste of the gothic novel with a Walpole, Beckford, Shelley omnibus, the Penguin Classic, Three Gothic Novels: The Castle of Otranto, Vathek, and Frankenstein. Additionally, she’ll receive three Y.A. books that are the first in their series: the photo-illustrated novel of a creepy summer dormitory experience, Asylum, by Madeleine Roux, the vampire-hearts-human saga, Evernight by Claudia Gray, and the futuristic teen-assassin dystopia, The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings.
Our pre-teen reader, Toby, is not always so keen on scary stuff. So, we’re going with a tried and true classic, Neil Gaiman’s tale of a boy raised by ghosts, The Graveyard Book, as well as the new omnibus Graveyard Book Graphic Novel. To those, we’ll add the gorgeous Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick, a novel about a boy who loves monsters and monster movies and who must track down the mystery of the Beast stalking his town. We might also tempt T with one of the recent titles in the Scholastic series, Haunted Canada.
To one of our friends’ pre-teen daughters, we’ll be giving Gaiman and McKean’s picture book about a girl who is sure she hears The Wolves in the Walls. And, for her early-elementary years brother, we’ll be giving either Ursula Vernon’s hysterical Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Weiner or Vernon’s brand new witchy book, Castle Hangnail.
For the twin daughter and son of a musical friend of ours, we’ll likely send the audio-visual murder mystery The Composer is Dead, by Lemony Snicket, that is, if we can part ways with it, first.
Still in doubt? A great book for kids of all ages has got to be Ludwig Bemonster’s [Rick Walton and Nathan Hale’s] hilarious take on the classic Madeleine, Frankenstein. You can tell this one’s a winner from the cover alone!!
So, what do you think? Are you planning on giving someone a good scare for Halloween? Then, why not give a book?
Happy All Hallows Read, Everyone!