One not so little pug named Pig, is a greedy pup. It is Halloween and all he wants to do is to not only get the treats but to get the right treats. And then Pig wants to eat the treats! And if you are stingy with treats, you will smell more than his feet in Pig the Monster (Pig the Pug) by Aaron Blabey. Of course, Pig earns that a dog should not eat a lot of chocolate (after all it can make you, um… very sick). You will love Pig or think he is a pig (or both).
Gilbert the Ghost reminds me of every “be yourself” book. However, it has a spooky twist this time around. And that beloved, little ghost, Gilbert, now comes in a board book format for little goblins in your life. Guido Van Genechten created an adorable, sweet, not really that spooky good time when a little ghost shows how they can to be true to themselves and still have fun with spooky friends. After trick-or-treating, or anytime, will be the perfect time to snuggle down and get ready to moan and groan with laughter and delight at the fun time all have.
Jory John and Pete Oswald add to their seeds, potatoes, and eggs series a new Bad Seed book called The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky (With Two Sticker Sheets). Come for stickers stay for the story. Seed loves Halloween; but is unable to find a “showstopper” costume (boy! Do I know that story!). How can he stop Halloween from coming so he has more time to find one? He tells everyone Halloween is postponed! And while his heart does not grow those three sizes larger; Bad Seed does learn the true meaning of the holiday.
If You Ever Meet a Skelton hopefully you have already read Rebecca Evans and Katrin Dreiling’s picture book of the same name. On Halloween night a not so scary skeleton wants a friend, but of course things never go as planned and the tricks and treats explode onto the page. Evans gives you a silly story that most little monsters will gobble up. The art is quirky and compliments the text. The story is simple, but really all ages can enjoy. Poetic language and text that bounces will be a good compliment to a fun and crazy night of trick-or-treating.
Finally, and different from the above which will work for all ages, Poultrygeist is a bit out there. The question is not, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” But what happened after the chicken was squashed by a truck after trying to cross the road? Author Eric Geron gives you the answer: he is haunted by other roadkill who want him to be scary, but of course Chicken knows that is wrong; and sets out to be a good ghost. Question is, does he succeed in his quest? Pete Oswald’s quirky style comes to life in seriously fun illustrations.