The One Marked by Willow (Mark Willoughby Book 3)

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Each raised on three shaped bracket feet with scroll terminals. Each engraved to the centre with a crest of a dexter fist grasping a rod upon a mount? Diameter — Fully marked to the reverse, also stamped With scratch weight The body and lid with panelled sections with matted decoration, the pierced border with embossed swags. The lid surmounted by an urn finial. Engraved with a crest of a helmet to dexter within a embossed garland cartouche. With a removable blue glass liner. Fully marked underneath base and lion passant only to lid flange.

All upon a square base. Marked to rim and inside of lid. The hinged lid surmounted by a figure of Aphrodite riding a dolphin. The base with an acanthus border and a serpent encircling. Fully marked to the body and part-marked to the base and lid. Hamorth dated , and a crest below the spout, the loop handle with foliage junction.

The C scroll handle with ivory insulators. Initialled to the body and lid with CR in cursive script flourished. Marked underneath only with makers mark RH and incuse devices. The ornate double C scroll handle with acanthus thumbpiece and matted decoration, with acanthus junctions. Fully marked to the rim. The salts of hemispherical form raised upon a square form base with reeded rims. The peppers of urn form upon a square form base with a reeded rim, the removable cover surmounted by a flame shaped finial. All marked to the side. Engraved to the central knop with a crest of a lion rampant regardant holding between the paws a fleur-de-lis, remnants of the same crest to the sconces.

Hollow cast, each fully marked to the inside base. This mark would have been in the lost large workers register of and its presence on the main candlestick as well as the partnership mark can be explained by the modular construction of cast candlesticks within one workshop. Formed as a shaped circular bowl with flat chased decoration of foliate scrolls against a matted ground, the centre with a similarly flat chased ornament of strap work centred with a quatrefoil.

The single circular foot with a panelled stem and plain knop, decorated again with flat chased foliate scrolls against a matted ground. The spiral twisted columns with amorphous knops, each with a removable sconce of shaped circular form. The base and scones engraved with a crest of tree stump gorged with a belt. Both fully marked underneath, the sconces unmarked. Additionally marked with a WC in a circular punch, probably a retailers mark.

The lids with fluted decoration and a central loop handle formed as a shell all on a ground of leaves. The lids later engraved with a crest of a mount therefrom issuant a demi lion rampant supporting a flagstaff, the bodies engraved with a coat of arms with helmet above the motto Think and Thank. Fully marked underneath and part-marked to the lids and finials. Sir Moses Montefiore was an important Italian and British Sephardic Jew, whose efforts in financing and philanthropy are seen as pivotal to the development of Proto-Zionism.

The domed lid with gadrooned section surmounted by a central fixed twin scroll handle. Fully marked underneath and part-marked underneath lid. All held within a fitted case, original outer box. All fully marked and with Jubilee mark. The body with light planished decoration.

The lid surmounted with a scrolling finial raised by a pierced openwork thumbpiece adjoining a box section hinge. The plain salt glazed stoneware body of plain bulbous from with strap handle. Fully marked to rim and part-marked to lid and base. The wooden bases with central bosses with initials JM in cursive script. Fully marked to the bases only. Both Fully marked. The interior concealing an iron heating element, the body with a cast spout with ivory spigot. He was member of parliament for Wenlock between and inherited Weston Park form his uncle the 2nd Earl of Bradford in The contract for sale of the property is therefore made between the Seller and the Buyer.

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The Buyer is advised to verify such matters prior to the sale. Other trees are the juniper, willow , green ash, box elder, scrub oak, wild plum and wild cherry. In the valleys the only trees native to the soil are the willow and cottonwood, found along the water courses, and beyond the range of irrigation vegetation is limited to scanty grass, with sage-brush and greasewood in the N.

In the coniferous forests the black grouse, hazel grouse and willow grouse, capercailzie and woodcock are the principal game birds; the crane is found in marshy clearings, birds of prey are numerous, and the Siberian jay in the north and the common jay in the south are often heard. Where a thin sheet of humus, fertilized by lemmings, has accumulated, a few flowering plants appear, but even so their brilliant flowers spring direct from the soil, concealing the developed leaflets, while their horizontally spread roots grow out of proportion; only the Salix lanata rises to 7 or 8 in.

A fair variety of trees - cottonwood, sycamore, ash, willow , walnut and cherry - grow in thickets in the canyons, and each mountain range is a forest area. Among forest shrubs are the willow , hazel, alder, shrub maple, birch, hawthorn, dogwood, elderberry, viburnum and snowberry. Briancon manna is met with on the leaves of the common Larch, and bide-khecht on those of the willow , Salix fragilis; and a kind of manna was at one time obtained from the cedar.

Another considerable river is the Liu-kiang, or Willow River, which rises in the mountains inhabited by the Miao-tsze, in Kwei-chow. It is common on branches of elder, which it often kills, and is also found on elm, willow , oak and other trees. The commonest species of trees are such as grow in central Europe, namely, ash, fir, pine, beech, acacia, maple, birch, box, chestnut, laurel, holm-oak, poplar, elm, lime, yew, elder, willow , oak.

Furthermore there is a state association engaged in irrigation projects, and the United States Reclamation Service, established by an Act of Congress in , has projects for utilizing the flood waters of the Umatilla, Malheur, Silvies and Grande Ronde rivers, the waters of the Owyhee and Wallowa rivers and Willow Creek, and the waters of some of the lakes in the central part of the state. In addition the board has partial control over the Wisconsin Workshop for the Blind at Milwaukee, where there is a willow ware factory, and the Wisconsin Industrial School for Girls also at Milwaukee.

Melanesia: " man was made of clay, red from the marshy side of Vanua Levu "; woman was made by Qat of willow twigs. In the sand-hills the sand-bar willow of the rivers and the cottonwood growing naturally, evidence the good conditions of moisture; and the forestation of much of the region is undoubtedly possible. Amentum, Catkin , Willow , Hazel. Sometimes both are absent, when the flower is achlamydeous, or naked, as in willow. This deposit shows no trace of forest-trees, but it is full of remains of Arctic mosses, and of the dwarf willow and birch; in short, it yields the flora now found within the Arctic circle.

Birch, mulberry, linden, willow , bass-wood, dogwood, the sorrel tree, pawpaw and wild plum are common. Placing Willow in this category reveals more clearly that Willow 's power is also innate, not acquired. Single farm payment is not affected and additional grants are available for willow planted on arable land. The Rydal Wetland has much alder, willow and birch which produce their own special fungi, with oak around the drier edges. Wet woodlands comprise mainly alder, willow and downy birch growing on waterlogged or seasonally wet soils.

In wetter parts alder and willow may be found. Customers can choose from willow , birch, cherry, alder, sweet chestnut, ash, beech chestnut, poplar or oak. Along with willow and split alder, they have also found use for cane seating and basket work.

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In wetter areas alder and crack willow are common. Figure 4: The giant willow aphid is also found in the USA. A beetle, Saperda populnea, creates a large gall in both willow Salix spp. While Ghosts of the Fox River Valley is an interesting read, there isn't enough new material here to recommend it for all libraries. However, public and school libraries and local history buffs in the area Latham describes in her book ought to take a look.

In particular, school libraries and upper elementary or middle school teachers may want to consider it in connection with teaching to social studies standards that focus on local history and language arts standards focused on speaking, listening, and writing, as Ghosts of the Fox River Valley is a good resource for beginning an oral history project. Beyond possible uses in the classroom, the same kids who love Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories books will love having ghost stories set in their area available to them. Recommended to public and school libraries and local history collections in the area of the Fox River Valley.

The Nose by Nikolai Gogol , ill. It's not just any nose, either, it is the nose of one of his customers, a self-important bureaucrat named Kovaliov.

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Terrified to leave the nose where it can be connected to him, Yankelovich sets off to hide it, but his furtive behavior attracts official attention. In the meantime, Kovaliov wakes up to discover he has no nose. Covering his face with a handkerchief, he starts down the street, where he spots his nose, dressed as a fine gentleman and high official. Kovaliov hesitates to approach a social superior, even a former appendage, but he wants his nose back and confronts the nose, who denies any connection with him.

Eventually a police officer returns the nose confiscated from Yankelovich, but it won't stick to Kovaliov's face! Kovaliov is unable to show his face in public without ridicule, shutting down his social ambitions, as the nose-posing-as-officer has become a sensation. Then one day Kovaliov wakes up to find the nose back on his face, firmly attached. Anyone looking for logic or narrative structure in The Nose will be disappointed.

The pieces don't fit together neatly It is nightmarish in some ways- finding a nose in his breakfast must have been pretty stomach-churning for Yankelovich, and when he abruptly disappears from the story the imagination finds ominous ways to fill in the blanks. Gogol is an important figure in Russian literature, with a talent for the surreal who wrote in a different time and a different context, and he wasn't writing for children. The setting, names, and characters may seem alien to many children, the vocabulary is advanced, and the social satire will probably fly over kids' heads.

But when it comes down to it, this is one giant, horrifying, absurd joke about a nose, and kids definitely get that. Reading it out loud, it is almost impossible not to at least giggle. Gennadij Spirin's illustrations will make certain that kids get the joke. Many pages are framed with incredibly detailed drawings of St. Petersburg, Russia, the setting of the story, and observant readers will spot the bizarre giant nose in its plumed hat traveling the streets in its elaborate horse-drawn carriage.

Everything in the full page illustrations seems slightly exaggerated, so the most absurd elements aren't jarring, and readers won't even realize how far they are suspending disbelief until they are well into the story. Spirin's representations of the nose are amazing. Some of them seem very cartoony, but in full uniform, the nose does appear to be its own person, so to speak. And, in fact, this book has been used to teach upper elementary students about personification and figurative language. Although it's a picture book, very young children won't be ready for it, but elementary and middle students may enjoy it, especially with some guidance.

It's also a good choice for older students looking for a nonthreatening introduction to Russian literature, and readers of any age who like a touch of the bizarre. Jeff Szpriglas has created a guide to fear. Phobias, superstitions, killer animals, monsters, cryptids, scary movies and more- Szpirglas examines them all in Fear This Book. The book is much more than a list of fears, though. The author also explains the physiological and psychological reactions to fright, and details experiments and therapies that have been used to understand fear.

Silver Dragon Codex by R. Mirrorstone, Jace, the young high wire acrobat must help Belen, a beautiful dancer, acquit herself of the charges being brought by a white robed mage from Palanthas. Surely the beautiful young girl cannot actually be a silver dragon in disguise Jace, Belen, and a few others from the circus head off to determine the truth behind the story.

Along the way they are confronted by werewolves and a chimera, and the truth turns out to be far more complicated than it first seemed. I say this is the weakest entry so far because the other stories in the series are well thought out and all of the varying story lines are wrapped up neatly by the end of each book. I find this to be important in a YA novel. The Silver Dragon Codex leaves many things unexplained, and also suffers from problems with continuity and weak writing.

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I also found this book to be a bit darker than the others, and for some reason it came across a bit dull. Perhaps it is because the characters are less likable than the ones in previous novels, or perhaps the problem is the overly complicated plot. Although this is an okay book, and readers following the series may want to try it, it is nowhere near as good as previous books in the series. Contains: Fantasy Violence without gore. R eview by KDP. The Gates by John Connolly.

Poor little Samuel is not having a good time. His parents have recently split up, he's very smart but tends to annoy or creep out most adults, and he perplexes most of the kids his age. He decides to go trick-or-treating 3 days early in order to show initiative and he and his little four legged pal Bosworth stumble across the beginning of the end - a bored uppity couple and their equally bored friends.

When boredom overtakes the Abernathys they decide to give the dark arts a try - mix in a few scientists who are trying to create an artificial black hole a few countries away and you have the opening to the gates of hell. It may sound a bit far-fetched or over the top, but readers will find themselves engrossed by sweet little Samuel and his wonderful dog. Not to mention the demons who are having a harder time at this taking over the world thing then they expected - I mean no one ever tells demons to look both ways before crossing the street. I laughed, I smiled, I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.

But at the same time I really felt that this was a novel for adults, thinking back on their pre-teen years. With a splendid use of the English language and a dry but light sense of humor, the author has written a fun book that many will enjoy.

Review by KDP. The Composer is Dead is a pretty sophisticated picture book. The humor, vocabulary, and need for context are not simple at all. My four year old, who is in the target audience for picture books, loves music, and always wants me to identify the individual instruments in orchestral music, was totally baffled by the story. What are musical notes and what do they look like? What are the names of the percussion instruments? What does a conductor actually do? What are all those names at the end of the book? The illustrations were often confusing. Which silhouetted instrument in the illustration is an oboe and which is a clarinet?

Who are all the dancing people and why are they dancing? What makes The Composer Is Dead really interesting is the audio CD that accompanies it, which actually plays music by the individual instruments as the Inspector interrogates them. This was fascinating and really brought the story to life. Recommended for elementary and middle school libraries.

Aladdin, ISBN: What beasts, you ask? Why, your standard run-of-the-mill trolls, goblins, gryphons, and fish-headed giraffes. Ulf also happens to be a werewolf. His friends include the human vet, a fairy, and a giant.

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They work together to keep bad guys from hunting and hurting various mythical monsters. In this book, the bad guys have rounded up some young trolls and are planning on hunting them for sport, so Ulf and the rest of the RSPCB head off to figure out what is going on. Think of the violence along the lines of reading Wile E. Coyote attempting to catch the Roadrunner- it sounds far worse then it actually is. Most of it is actually rather silly and will garner giggles from the young ones. The book is written in a large typeface that will be appealing to many of the younger crowd, and there are occasional drawings that are quite good.

The book is a fast read, and there is a lot of action jammed into a short number of pages, so as an adult, expect for it to whiz right by. As far as characterization, there really isn't much. Ulf is a boy who wants to be included and to help, his curiosity and sense of adventure gets him involved in something he was told to stay home from, and in the end he saves the day.

The morals of the tale include not judging others, not harming animals, and that everything has a right to live. In the end this is a quick read that kids a bit young for the Harry Potter will enjoy. Many adults have a vision of childhood as a time of innocence, but children have a dark side. Children push boundaries to provoke reactions- to find out where the line really is, and who cares enough to keep them safe.

Where the Wild Things Are is the story of Max, a little boy with a big imagination who is sent to his room for making mischief, and finds himself in a strange world where he easily overcomes the terrible Wild Things and becomes their king, the wildest of them all. The words are almost unnecessary- it all takes place in the imagination. The story resonates with many children but it is a journey to a dark and sometimes frightening place, and very sensitive kids may not be ready for it.

You never know, though… my own four year old, who is afraid of goblins and sleeps with his lights on, listened quietly and examined the illustrations carefully. Highly recommended for children of all ages, and an excellent choice for reading aloud. By Phillipe Goosens Clarion Books, Only Sarah can hear and see the ghost, but its mere presence gets in the way of her relationship with her parents. Seeing them in a cloud around Sarah, though, it hits home that even little lies add up to a lot of misery.

Available: Used. Anne Rockwell once again presents an accessible text aimed at preschoolers and kindergarteners. The same class that appeared in Show and Tel l Day , also a collaboration with her daughter Lizzy, is now preparing for the school Halloween parade. The illustrations are colorful, with a gentle humor, and complement the text well. The illustrations are a dead giveaway that readers should expect a tickle to the funny bone. There is a lot to see in the illustrations for those readers who really want to take the time to look. But the illustrations are just part of what makes the story work.

Halloween Night will probably be most appreciated by kids in grades Review b y Kirsten Kowalewski. Hassan, illustrated by Betsy Bowen.

Dhegdeer is a monstrous cannibal woman endowed with incredible strength, speed, and hearing, whose evil ways have cursed the lush Hargrega Valley in Somalia, turning it into a desert wasteland. She builds a hut next to her house to lure and trap unwary travelers needing shelter and water, and enspells Bowdheer, a jar in which she stores human flesh, to alert her if anyone touches it. As she looks for food for the weary travelers, she accidentally bumps into Bowdheer, who wakes a very hungry Dhegdeer. Dhegdeer is a character from Somali folklore used to scare children into good behavior.

Vivid colors are painted in broad strokes over black gesso, giving the illustrations a shadowy feel. While figures are outlined in black, they are indistinct. No child would want to see that face in person! This book is a project of the Minnesota Humanities Commission and Somali Bilingual Book Project, which is intended to preserve heritage languages there is a considerable Somali population in Minnesota and increase English literacy skills for refugees.

As a bilingual title, the same text appears in both English and Somali on facing pages, and can be enjoyed in either language. Teachers may find possible curriculum connections with this book as well. Highly recommended for folktale collections in the public library and in elementary and middle school library media centers.

Mirrorstone, ISBN: A Practical Guide to Vampires presents itself as a nonfiction handbook compiled by a vampire hunter and enthusiast. The author describes their habits and haunts, and gives advice to the reader on how to track and hunt vampires, and survive to tell the story. The pages look yellowed and stained, and there are handwritten notes throughout. A Practical Guide to Vampires is visually impressive. The illustrations are beautifully done and dynamic in nature, and will capture the attention of even reluctant readers. Interest in this book is not limited to kids, though.

Adults with interest in vampires may also like it, and will note some dry humor that more literal minded kids will miss, as well as an oblique reference to Twilight. A Practical Guide to Vampires works just fine as a stand alone title, a handsome and compelling addition to the growing collection of handbooks to the supernatural. Highly recommended for elementary and middle school library media centers and general public library collections. Contains: references to blood-drinking. Stargazer Publishing, This book has it all- secret tunnels and talking animals, mad science and real monsters.

This is the perfect Halloween themed book for in class reading in elementary schools and early middle schools. Equal parts scary, mysterious, gross and silly, it's pure fun. It's definitely recommended for all collections aimed at fostering a love of reading. Green Dragon Codex by R. Scamp is one of the smaller boys in his town, and has always been picked on by the larger boys. He has learned to be quick to run and light of foot when the bullies are about.

Then comes the fateful day when Scamp flees from the bullies into the darker parts of the forest, and comes across a chest laying next to the body of a large, dead, green dragon. What is contained within the chest will take him on an adventure where he will encounter tragedy, magic, dwarves, dragons, daemons and a race more ancient then humankind. They meet with strange and often scary things along the way. They learn that being family means being there for one another when you really need it, to trust in themselves and that perhaps nothing is "born" evil. Can they save all of Krynn before the strange black hooded, red-eyed mage gets what he wants?

This is a YA book, though it is entertaining enough for adults. Most adults will find the characters rather thin but still amusing. Green Dragon Codex is good for the 12 and up crew, and a nice introduction to fantasy for the younger generation. Contains: some mild violence, evil plots and plans, ADHD behavior saves the day.

Brass Dragon Codex by R. This is a very simple and straightforward tale of friendship, what it takes to be a friend, and how to have friends you have to make sure that first of all YOU are a good friend. Our story starts with a young Brass Dragon discovering that his parents have been done in by an evil Blue dragon. The little dragon is lonely and unhappy now that he is living alone and looks high and low for a friend. Meanwhile a little gnome gets himself kicked out of the city for an invention gone wrong - but he has an even better idea, if only people would listen to him.

The dragon and gnome cross paths in the desert and learn the truth about friendship while helping each other to reach their goals. It's a really sweet story that many will enjoy. For the adults, there may be a bit lacking in the character department, but I handed this book off to my 11 year old son and it seems to be right up his alley. I would recommend this for the 10 and up crew depending on their reading ability.

For those concerned about violence - the Brass Dragon's parents are killed, and there is a bit of violence, though none of it is overly gory. I would not give this to my 7 year old, but the middle school group should be fine. Something strange is going on at 56 Water Street. Derek and Ravine see the lights turning on and off and find out that they are the only ones who can actually see the house: to everyone else it is just an empty lot. When they work up the courage to go into the house, they find out that the ghost of a teenaged girl in the house has made it visible because she wants their attention Strangway has created a believable world using simple and accessible language that is also creatively descriptive.

Her characters are of the brave, mischievous kind that kids will identify with and love. At times, the writing is repetitious from chapter to chapter, but rather than being a detriment to the story, this makes it ideal as a chapter-a-night ghost story for the year old range. Those anxious to find out what happens need not worry, however, as 56 Water Street is a quick read at pages. Recommended for public libraries, particularly those wishing to acquire more titles by Canadian authors. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Nobody Bod Owens is, in most respects, your average kid, except that he lives in a graveyard. After his parents and sister are murdered when he is just a toddler, he is adopted by ghosts in a cemetery near his home and is given a rare gift: the Freedom of the Graveyard, which allows him to do many of the same things as the ghosts, including walking through walls. However, there is one thing that he can't do, which is leave the graveyard.

Leaving could put him in danger of being found by Jack As always, Neil Gaiman creates an atmosphere at once terrifying and captivating for all ages. The accompanying black and white illustrations, courtesy of Dave McKean, add to the atmosphere of the story and are placed well throughout the novel. Gaiman's characters display a greatness of depth that is not often seen in literature for this age range. The main characters are also seen at various stages of their youth, making them easy to identify with for children, teens and adults alike.

This is a page-turner that no reader will want to put down until every page has been read. Winner of the Newberry Medal, this title is recommended for public libraries and academic libraries with children's literature collections. Notes: Contains violence, murder and potentially disturbing scenes.

Turn the page and even things that might be scary to kids or mice are portrayed at their most benign and cutest. The book ends on a positive note, making it a good choice to share with first-time trick or treaters. Flashlight Press, Available: Pre-order for April 1st. Ethan has a problem. How will he ever get to sleep without his nightly scare? There is a subversive appeal to I Need My Monster. Instead, he quickly takes control of the situation. While shadowed, they are whimsical and colorful, and scary monster claws and tails turn out to be attached to bright yellow, purple and green creatures more comic than they are frightening.

Although I Need My Monster is targeted at year olds, kids at the younger end of that spectrum may not have the sophistication to appreciate or understand the humor, and some of the word choices and illustrations could have a powerful impact. Particularly with the preschool crowd, this is a book to share and discuss. I Need My Monster is a great choice for middle and upper elementary kids who have outgrown their fears of the monster under the bed, and now enjoy a delicious scare, especially one leavened with humor. Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund, ill.

Robert Neubecker. Harcourt, Monsters on Machines will be a hit with the preschool and early elementary crowd. It has plenty of monsters, both silly and scary, with gleeful delight at running construction machinery and pride in building a house. From the very first page the monsters are safety conscious, donning hard hats and earplugs, they enthusiastically eat lunch, using their monster manners, take their naps without a fuss, and clean up their construction mess at the end of the day.

Robert Neubecker skillfully uses vibrant color to bring his ink drawings to life, and his illustrations make it almost possible to imagine that the pictures were drawn and colored by a monster-loving child. Both Lund and Neubecker use every space they can to involve kids in the story, even using the inside covers, which have miniature drawings of construction machines on them, to give parents and children the opportunity to make the book a truly interactive experience by talking about and matching the machines.

All in all, Monsters on Machines is a great choice for active, mud-loving, mess-making kids, especially those fascinated by monsters, machines, or construction of any kind. Monster Musical Chairs by Stuart J. Murphy , ill. HarperCollins, The plot is pretty simple. By the end of the game and the book , your child will be saying the words with you! Monster Musical Chairs is part of the MathStart series, which is intended to get kids to see the fun in math, and the focus of this particular book is subtraction, targeted to ages 3 and older. In the back of the book, there are suggestions for activities and additional books for parents who want to use the book for direct instruction and to extend mathematical exploration.

Even if you never look at that back page, though, you and your child can still rock to the imaginary music of five whimsical monsters racing around a bunch of chairs. And who knows, maybe along the way, the kid will learn a little math. Coraline by Neil Gaiman. When I saw the advertisements for the movie Coraline , I knew that with a 7 year old I would have to watch the film so I quickly grabbed the book off the shelf to make sure I'd read it first. How weird it all is I read it in just about a half an hour or so Little Coraline is bored. Both of her parents work at home, but they are always busy with work, and rarely have time to play with her.

She wanders about their house a flat converted from a much larger house and visits with the neighbors. They don't seem to really notice her, though- everyone talks at Coraline rather than to her. She enjoys exploring and eventually comes across a door in her flat that opens to a brick wall. Her mother explains that it used to be a door that went into the neighboring flat, but now it's bricked up in case they rent it out. Suddenly strange things crawl through the night, and the door that once led to a wall of bricks, opens to a long dark hallway, and a world disturbingly similar to the one she just left Coraline uses her strength, intelligence, cunning and determination to find her missing parents, and to get back home.

As an adult I thought to myself - this book will scare the crapola out of little ones! In the back, though, Gaiman states that the book was frightening to adults but an exciting adventure to children. Perplexed, I handed it off to my 7 year old. With a little help, he made his way through it. Not only did he manage to read it, but there were no nightmares. He was thrilled with it and can't wait for the movie.

I'm still perplexed as to how this book brings out such completely different emotions in children and adults. I don't know that the movie will be able to pull it off I have a hunch that the movie might encourage leaving the light in the hallway on at night. If you are an adult, don't let that stop you from reading this wonderful book. Think of it more like Alice in Wonderland and not the Disney version either , or The Wizard of Oz , focused on the scenes with the flying monkeys and the witch.

Highly recommended, excellent novel. Read it to 7 and up, readable by 10 and up. Review by K D P. Grimly packs a lot into each illustration, too. Contains: zombies, child kidnapping and imprisonment, implied cannibalism, and a variety of creepy creatures. A lush, nearly decadent book, A Practical Guide to Faeries is exactly what it advertises, a guide to finding, dealing with and surviving faeries. With beautiful art on every page, along with textured spots and even recipes, it teases every sense, pulling children and adults into the world of the Feywild.

This book is high fantasy, but doesn't forget the darker side of fae, profiling fae who drink blood and try to drown adventurers and realms where you age a year a day. The fae's trickiness and love of jokes some of which can be harmful to humans are also mentioned often, lending a tone of adventure and danger to the fairy tales. With its vivid art and fun "guided" style it's a great addition to fantasy collections whether library or public. Reviewed by Michele Lee. Darkness Slipped In by Ella Burfoot. Roaring Brook Press, June Although one might expect the illustrations to look flat on the page, Burfoot has managed to provide some three-dimensionality by giving shadows to Daisy and the objects in her light-filled room, and by defining the figure of Darkness from a matte black with a shiny material that reflects light.

The shiny material that Burfoot uses to express the image of Darkness invites children to touch, just as Daisy does, giving them some control and even a way to experience wonder in what can be a very friendly, rather than ominous, experience after Mom and Dad turn out the light. Even very little ones will enjoy this book.

Note for librarians: expect to see a lot of fingerprints on the shiny pages! Highly recommended for children's collections in public and elementary school libraries, and as a parent-child read-aloud. Scholastic, reissued in August Beamster is terrifying. Just to get inside, you have to be decontaminated! The books are bolted to the shelves, the kids are literally glued to their chairs, and the computer uses a real mouse! In appearance, the scary Mrs. Note: this book is part of the Black Lagoon series.

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Highly recommended, especially for elementary school library media centers. Aladdin, Bunnicula is a classic scary story for kids. When the Monroe family finds a strange bunny in a theater showing Dracula, their cat, Chester, and dog, Harold, decide to investigate the aptly named Bunnicula. As if the bunny's strange markings and creepy red eyes weren't.

The lovably dim Harold and. This is a fantastic choice for introducing children to scary stories. There's real drama and tension, with enough silliness to keep the scary parts feeling safe. The characters, even Bunnicula, are distinct and lovable. Bunnicula stands up to the tests of time, memory and rereading. This book is a boon to any scary stories or kids' fiction collection.

Note: Bunnicula is the first in a series. Additional titles include:. Howliday Inn. The Celery Stalks at Midnight. Return to Howliday Inn. Bunnicula Strikes Again! Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow. There is also a related series, Tales from the House of Bunnicula , and there are other individual related titles and easy readers.

Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler , ill. Chaos ensues when Skeleton wakes up with the hiccups. Uncluttered pages with vivid colors pop Skeleton out from the page.

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Of course, none of the traditional methods for getting rid of the hiccups work with a skeleton- the illustrations of Skeleton trying to drink water upside down, eat sugar, and hold his breath are worth a thousand words. Skeleton Hiccups is a true picture book. The quality of the finished product will engage the youngest readers, and can be enjoyed by their grown-ups, too. The Guardian lives under a portal to our world, and his ability to weaken nether creatures is the only thing keeping The Named from entering our world.

The Guardian has one weakness- the touch of a human can kill it. Still, it desperately wishes for that human contact. The Named know this and are capturing children to bring back to the Guardian in the hopes that one will touch the frail creature and remove his protection from the portal. They quickly succeed in weakening The Guardian to the point of death. Charlie and his friends must go on a mad quest to find the only medicine that will heal the sad creature - hydra milk.

The task seems daunting, since no one has ever seen a female hydra, and The Named are clever and treacherous, and are slowly forming a web that humanity may not be able to escape.

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Once again, Dean Lorey writes a story full of strong and entertaining characters. Nightmare Academy: Monster Madness is full of adventure from the first page to the last, with plot twists and surprises that will catch almost any reader off guard. Many monsters that the reader is familiar with from the first book will be quickly recognized, along with a wide variety of new ones that bring even more life to the Nether. Contains: Mild violence and gore. Encycopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee. Encyclopedia Horrifica is a collection of articles on all things paranormal, from aliens to vampires to psychic powers.

The end result is an unusual reference book, complete with index and selected bibliography that kids will dig into and enjoy reading. Encyclopedia Horrifica also has some educational components. For instance, it compares vampires and werewolves in the movies to their closest real world counterparts. There is an interview with a psychic spy, an excerpt from the journal of paranormal investigators staying overnight in a haunted house, and a discussion of real life zombies.

The book is also interactive, with a chatty narrator and several quizzes and activities. Highly recommended for school media centers and public libraries. You Come Too Publishing. However, while Schwartz collected his stories from folklore and legend, Penn-Coughin has written these himself.

In his introduction, Penn-Coughin makes suggestions aimed specifically at young readers on how to tell the stories orally. The inclusion of instructions to would-be oral storytellers throughout affects the structure, effectiveness, and flow of the stories for silent readers, however. Some stories have also been written in dialect, which is distracting and will be frustrating to struggling readers. The stories are of varying quality. Penn-Coughin also illustrated the collection, and his illustrations are a real strength of the book. His bizarre, indistinct black and white images provide plenty of opportunity for the imagination to run wild and are a perfect complement to a collection of scary stories.

They decide to stage some ghost sightings, and soon have tourists flocking to the quiet inn. Travis and Corey are likeable kids, and the ghost boys are an engaging group of poltergeists who add energy, chaos, and some levity to the plot. Recommended for upper elementary and middle school students. Contains: Child abuse, mention of suicide. I admit there is nothing scary about Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night. With simple words and spare text, and lots of repetition, Anne Rockwell describes the experience of a child exploring a pumpkin patch, choosing a pumpkin, scooping out the insides, and carving a jack-o-lantern with his mother.

Older readers may smile, looking back on the days when they roasted and salted pumpkin seeds in the oven mine were always a little burned. Clean lines and bright colors make this a perfect choice for sharing this Halloween tradition with a preschooler before venturing out to the pumpkin patch together. Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Sarfozo, ill. Lumpy, bumpy, showy, glowy, sunny, sumptuous… Mary Sarfozo obviously had fun playing with words when she wrote Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin.

The story describes Peter, a joyful tiger, and his search for the perfect pumpkin to carve with his dad and enter into the jack-o-lantern contest. The rhyming is irregular, but instead of disrupting things, it simply keeps the story skipping along. Colorful, well-defined illustrations glow on the pages. The Viper by Lisa Thiesing. With friendly cartoonish illustrations and foolish, likable Peggy the Pig as a main character, the story is more silly than suspenseful.

Thiesing also uses the story to introduce concepts of time, including years, seasons, months, days of the week, minutes, and seconds, but her handling of this seems confusing and inconsistent. As the arrival of the Viper gets to its final countdown, the story picks up, with its funniest and most suspenseful moments right at the very end. The last moments of the story make this a great read-aloud. Unfortunately, in spite of snarling, running to school on all fours, and biting the girl who sits in front of him in class, nobody seems to notice.

Wolves by Emily Gravett. Uncluttered pages illustrate an unwary rabbit who is so absorbed in his new library book, a nonfiction book about wolves, he absentmindedly walks into some real trouble. In spite of its appearance, it is not really aimed at the preschool crowd. Front Street, The monster under the bed, the monster in the closet, the monster in the attic, and the monster in the basement, are scared of one another, and she ends up befriending them all. The artist uses bright, almost neon colors in places, that literally glow in the shadowy darkness of the pastel illustrations.