Books for Halloween: 17 Haunting Halloween tales

Wicked Jack
Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
Illustrated by Will Hildebrand
Wicked Jack is a funny, clever adaptation of an American folk tale. This story of a man who is so wicked that the Devil won't let him into Hell is delightful. The illustrations are just perfect. 1995, Holiday House, Ages 4 to 8, $15.95. Reviewer: Judy Silverman

Halloween ABC
Eve Merriam
Illustrated by Lane Smith
Imaginative poems from the late Eve Merriam emphasizing the creepy, crawly, and eerie associated with a holiday kids really love. The zany art is from Lane Smith of The Stinky Cheese Man and Math Curse fame, which is a perfect fit for the poetry. 1995 (orig. 1987), Aladdin, Ages 5 up, $4.95. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

The House That Drac Built
Judy Sierra
Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
A Halloween variation on the favorite nursery rhyme "The House That Jack Built". In this version, readers met a bat, cat, werewolf, manticore (surely everyone knows what that is), monster, mummy, zombie and fiend. The kids are not at all frightened and even help put all back in order in The House That Drac Built. The fanciful artwork that fills every spread is far more interesting than the text. 1995, Harcourt, Ages 5 to 8, $14.00. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Kermit and Robin's Scary Story
Michaela Muntean
Illustrated by Tom Leigh
Familiar characters in an easy to read story. Robin tells his uncle Kermit a scary story, which of course isn't really scary at all. There is enough interest and repetition to keep beginning readers involved. 1995, Viking, Ages 5 to 8, $11.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

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