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Spooky (But Not Too Scary) Picture Books

At Halloween or any time of year, feast on these not-so-frightening tales.
 
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The Too-Scary Story
by Bethanie Murguia Illustrated by Bethanie Murguia
Grace wants Papa to tell her a scary bedtime story... but her little brother Walter doesn't want it to be TOO scary! So as Papa invents the story of two children out for a walk in the woods, Grace and Walter take turns correcting him.
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The Bumpy Little Pumpkin
by Margery Cuyler Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

All summer, Little Nell has tended the garden with big Mama, big Sarah, and big Lizzie, and finally the pumpkins are ready for Halloween. Her sisters choose smooth, round pumpkins to carve, but Little Nell likes a bumpy little one best.

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Jampires
by Sarah McIntyre , David O'Connell Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre , David O'Connell

A delightful, whimsical, JAM-tastic adventure!

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Picture Book: $11.89

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Peppa's Halloween Party
Series: Peppa Pig
by Scholastic Illustrated by Eone

It is the spookiest time of year! Peppa and her family play outside in the leaves, carve pumpkins, and dress up in costumes for a Halloween party with all of their friends!

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Paperback Book: $3.99

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Scaredycrow
by Christopher Hernandez Illustrated by Kyle Poling

Meet one scarecrow who's scared of everything in this uplifting picture book about fear and friendship that also includes a punch-out Scaredycrow paper doll!

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Paperback Book: $4.49

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Happy Halloween, Stinky Face
by Lisa McCourt Illustrated by Cyd Moore
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Paperback Book: $3.19

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The Hallo-Wiener
by Dav Pilkey Illustrated by Dav Pilkey

When is a hot dog not a hot dog? When he becomes a hero sandwich!

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Paperback Book: $5.59

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Board Book: $5.59

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One Halloween Night
by Mark Teague Illustrated by Mark Teague
While trick-or-treating, Wendell, Floyd, and Mona are haunted by costume dilemmas, awful candy (with names like "broccoli chews" and "eggplant fizzlers"), and a pack of nasty witches. But before the night is over, a little Halloween magic conjures up some winning surprises.
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Spooky Hour
by Tony Mitton Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Skeletons dance by, their bones clicking and clacking, as witches fly past on their brooms, cackling. Ghosts and goblins and big, fat, hairy spiders set the scene, as kids rhyme their way through the night on their way to the spookiest party ever!

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Superbat
by Matt Carr
Pat the bat decides to be special...a SUPERBAT! But he soon realises this is harder than it looks. All his bat friends have amazing hearing. All of them can fly. And all bats can find their way in the dark.
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Ten Timid Ghosts
by Jennifer O'Connell Illustrated by Jennifer O'Connell

Young readers are shown how to count backwards from ten in this Halloween tale involving ten ghosts, a witch, and a haunted house.

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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!
by Lucille Colandro Illustrated by Jared D. Lee
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! — the old lady does just that — not to mention an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and even a wizard!
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Paperback Book: $5.59

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Paperback Book And CD: $6.97

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Trick-Or-Treat, Smell My Feet!
by Lisa Desimini Illustrated by Lisa Desimini
Stinky, stinky socks! That’s the secret ingedient in these witches’ wickedly silly Halloween brew. They’ve been cooking up a naughty little spell to make sure nobody gets any candy! But what’s this?
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Clifford's Puppy Days: Halloween Howl
by Gail Herman Illustrated by Barry Goldberg

The beginning of the new school year brings a new neighbor to the apartment building where Emily Elizabeth lives. Clifford and his friends are scared by a strange wailing noise coming from the new neighbor's apartment.

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It's Halloween Night!
by Jennifer O'Connell Illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris
It's Halloween night and the moon shines bright. We run through the gate and can hardly wait! We ring the bell and then we yell... TRICK OR TREAT! Before Halloween night begins, everyone should have their costumes ready!
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Paperback Book: $5.59

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Monster's New Undies
by Samantha Berger Illustrated by Tad Carpenter
Monster is JUST FINE with his old undies, thank you very much. But when his undies fall apart, what's a monster to do? His mommy takes him shopping, of course! But finding the perfect pair of undies is not going to be easy. .
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