Fall is in the air, and with it comes a desire to read something a little spooky. There's monstrous fun for everyone in stories that range from suspenseful to silly -- all with a generous dose of humor to keep the spirits light. Check out one of these spine-tingling tales at a Fort Worth Library branch near you.
Night of the Pumpkinheads
By Michael J. Rosen
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011
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For ages 5-8
After spending so many Halloweens just sitting on a porch, several bored pumpkins decide that this year, they will do something different. So they transform their face carvings and head for town to see whom they can frighten. Their new faces have the children plenty scared, until they discover that there is someone else who can frighten the kids even more than they do! This picture book is filled with dazzling photographs of pumpkin carvings by master carver Hugh McMahon, along with instructions on how to create a menacing pumpkin of your own.
More Spooky Texas Tales
By Tim Tingle and Doc Moore
Texas Tech University Press, 2010
For ages 10 and up
Notable Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle returns with a second collection of Texas-flavored ghost stories. These suspenseful and humorous stories are full of resourcefulness, courage, luck and surprise endings. This is an especially good selection for reluctant readers.
Kids Draw Manga Monsters
By Christopher Hart
Watson-Guptill Publications, 2007
For ages 9-12
Add a little manga madness to your life by learning how to draw some of the cutest little monsters around. The author, who has written more than 50 drawing books for children, provides clear step-by-step instructions on how to create dozens of monsters from patterns or from your own designs. From the frightened Fizzle Kitty to the ridiculous Newmoo, this book will inspire hours of creative fun.
I'm the Scariest Thing in the Castle
By Kevin Sherry
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011
For ages 5 and younger
An eager little vampire bat declares that he is the scariest monster in the castle -- scarier than the spiders, the ghosts, even the werewolf. But when the lights go out and the other monsters play a gentle trick on him, it's his turn to be scared. This delightful board book features repetitive phrases and words that encourage important early literacy skills, and bold, colorful illustrations. Even the youngest book lovers will enjoy the spooky fun of this appealing read-aloud book.
The Spook's Bestiary: The Guide to Creatures of the Dark
By Joseph Delaney
Greenwillow Books, 2011
For ages 12-16
A companion to the hit fantasy series "The Last Apprentice," this book features comprehensive information on all of the creatures in the magical county of Chipenden. Readers will be pulled into Delaney's universe with his eerie black-and-white pencil drawings and vivid descriptions of boggarts, demons, elemental spirits and other creatures. This beastly collection will delight fans of the series as well as the uninitiated.
By Lisi Harrison
Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Frankie is eager to start her life as a high school student. But she may have some trouble fitting in -- her full name is Frankie Stein, and she is a monster, recently created in her father's basement. Frankie doesn't want to pretend she is a "normie," but the other students are terrified by rumors that there may be monsters in the school. Fortunately, human student Melody Carver agrees that monsters should have a right to be treated like anybody else. Melody and Frankie take turns narrating this fast-paced, funny, thought-provoking novel about tolerance and friendship.
Claire Abraham is a children's librarian at the Fort Worth Library. These books are available at most library branches.