Friday, October 14, 2016

31 Days of Halloween (Books!): October 14, 2016--A Teeny Tiny Halloween

Sure to be a perennial holiday favorite, like The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything," a book that makes the bestseller list every single Halloween!

A Teeny Tiny Halloween by Lauren L. Wohl

Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Persnickety Press
ISBN: 9781943978021
Paperback: $15.95 * 32 pages 

It happens every fall. The leaves from the tall trees that surround her house drift down until the teeny tiny woman’s teeny tiny house is buried completely. Inside it’s dark and a teeny tiny bit scary, but the resourceful woman has a plan and a few surprises up her teeny tiny sleeve. 

Written to be shared through read-aloud or story-telling, the type face indicates where the teller should be whispering and when suddenly s/he should shout – surprising the listeners, even causing them to jump, which puts this book in the realm of jump-tales, so popular at spooky-story times like Halloween and around the campfire on summer evenings. Short enough for even young children to remember after reading or hearing the story a few times, the book encourages children themselves to tell the tale themselves, making a family tradition.

Former Disney Publishing executive, Lauren L. Wohl, tells an all-new story starring a favorite character from folklore with an autumnal chill and a special treat that brings the book to a perfect-for-Halloween ending. Children will want to return to the teeny tiny house again and again to enjoy Henry Cole’s illustrations that capture the mood and the humor of the tale.

Anything tiny is bound to be adorable (tiny animals, tiny babies, etc.), so it goes without saying that a teeny, tiny woman on a teeny, tiny Halloween is guaranteed to delight. Children will love the imagery of the tiny house and the tiny woman as she lives in a great big forest. Unfortunately for the tiny woman, her tiny house is buried within mountains of Autumn leaves illustrated in beautiful oranges and reds. 

Every year when her house is buried, the tiny woman screams out for help, but to no avail. Eventually, she has the idea to bake cookies, hoping the delicious smell of warm cookie dough will bring someone who can help her. And she's right. Since it's Halloween, three friends are roaming the woods and smell the delicious cookies. They find the tiny house and are able to enjoy the cookies while helping the woman with the leaves.

While I think most children are taught not to go inside a house when trick-or-treating, parents may need to clarify this to their children when the cat, the witch, and the ghost enter to eat cookies. It wouldn't hurt to reiterate "stranger danger" at this point. However, the overall plot is not hurt by this at all. In fact, it gives parents an opportunity to discuss this with their children. 

Perfectly appropriate for the season, there's nothing teeny or tiny about how great this book is for kids!

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