I love an excuse to read more books. So when I saw Reckless Indulgence hosting a reading challenge for the month of October, I couldn't resist. For the full details, visit the blog. I've decided to take "Option 2," so I will only be Hauntoberfesting once a week. And like any good Picture Book writer, I'm going to bend the rules to fit my genre.
I'm supposed to recommend horror, creepy, spooky, or dark romance. But, hey, finding picture books that fit any of that is going to be hard. So instead...
Once a week, I'm going to recommend a Halloweenish or Monstrous Picture Book. Here's this week's recommendation:
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
This book is a wonderful rhyming tale about a witch with a very full broom.
The book is fun to read aloud. I would highly recommend getting it to add to your Halloween picture book collection.
The movie is also charming by itself.
What makes this recommendation unique is that I recommend getting both the book and the movie... and experiencing them together.
Do you think I'm crazy? I think so, too.
Usually when I see an animated version of a picture book it is one of two things:
1) A Reading Rainbow type Read-Along or 2) a completely separate story
An example of Reading Rainbow type would be Harold and the Purple Crayon. You watch the movie, but really, you could have just as easily read the book and had the same experience.
An example of a completely separate story would be The Polar Express. Both the book and the movie are wonderful, but the two tell different stories, and are meant to be experienced separately.
Room on the Broom is neither of these.
The closest example I can think of is How The Grinch Stole Christmas, but even that comparison doesn't quite work. I wouldn't recommend holding Dr. Seuss's book while watching the movie, but this that is precisely what I am suggesting you do with Room on the Broom.
Children would enjoy reading along, but they don't feel like they are watching a read-along. I can't explain how well this particular pair works, because I've never seen it done so well. You just have to experience it yourself.
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