236. “Little Goblins Ten” by Pamela Jane

Who lives “over in the forest where the trees hide the sun”?   A mommy monster and her scampering little monster, Daddy ghost and his two boo-ing ghosties,  3,4,5, six little cackling witches with their mom, 7,8,9, and a family of goblins with their ten children.  The forest is filled with all kinds of scary creatures: fire-breathing dragons, staring zombies or rattling skeletons. But wait a minute, don’t they look like a bunch of  trick-or-treaters?

Actually, it is hard to know for sure whether the beasts are real or pretend, but this is just what keeps the reader on the edge, without scaring the life out of them. The same can be said about Jane Manning’s pictures: just a right dose of frightening. A very clever and original counting book, written in rhyme and  filled with spooky onomatopoeia. A wonderful read aloud story, not only for Halloween.


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