Halloween is going to look a little different this year. With COVID restrictions still in place it’s unlikely that the usual parties, discos or trick-or-treating will take place. But that’s no excuse not to get into the Halloween spirit!
At B For Butterfly Books, we think this is the perfect opportunity to grab a hot chocolate, snuggle down under a blanket and enjoy some of the fantastic children’s books to be published this month. Here’s a spooky selection for tots all the way up to teens.
Younger readers will love the selection of character books available this autumn. With new titles featuring the likes of Peppa Pig, Mr Men and Paw Patrol there’s definitely something for everyone! Here’s just a few we’ve got our eyes on.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Creepy Crawly Halloween
Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar on his spookiest adventure yet as he explores the woods by the light of the moon. Lift the big flap on every page to discover which creatures are hiding in the woods tonight. A simple, engaging new seasonal lift-the-flap adventure with big flaps that are perfect for little hands!
The Adventures of Paddington: First Halloween
It's Paddington's first ever Halloween. Instead of trick or treating, Paddington decides it would be nicer to go 'treat or treating' around Windsor Gardens dressed up as a pigeon. His grumpy neighbour Mr Curry refuses to join in the Halloween fun... or does he?
A hilarious Halloween-themed picture book based on the animated TV series, The Adventures of Paddington.
For readers a little older there’s a new addition to the Sticker Dolly Dressing series and a brand new Lego book with Halloween themed models and activities to keep little ones busy through the spooky season. If it’s story books they’re after then we can highly recommend:
Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad by Joseph Coelho and Freya Hartas
A yellow moon hangs in a satin sky the night Cinderella, barefoot and in hand-me-downs, slips at the top of the stairs...and dies. But not for long. The Shadow of Death arrives to breathe life back into her bones and, for three nights only, Cinderella goes forth as ZOMBIERELLA.
With her skin as cold as ice and her faithful horse Lumpkin back by her side, can she seek revenge on her three cruel, fake sisters, once and for all? Crawl out of the grave and step into your mushroom carriage for this haunting and humorous adventure of the undead girl searching for her happily ever after.
A fantastically funny and deliciously dark twisted take on the traditional tale. Perfect for kids who like their fairy tales with a bit of blood and gore!
The Beast and The Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips
Ebenezer Tweezer is a youthful 511-year-old. He keeps a beast in the attic of his mansion, who he feeds all manner of things (including performing monkeys, his pet cat and the occasional cactus) and in return the beast vomits out presents for Ebenezer, as well as potions which keep him young and beautiful.
But the beast grows ever greedier, and soon only a nice, juicy child will do. So when Ebenezer encounters orphan Bethany, it seems like (everlasting) life will go on as normal. But Bethany is not your average orphan…
Think of a mash-up of Lemony Snicket, Dorian Gray and Roald Dahl and you’ve got The Beast and The Bethany - a modern classic in the making!
The teens in your life might enjoy a gothic classic like Frankenstein, Dracula or even the fantastic Point Horror series (remember those?!) But if it’s something more contemporary they’re after then they’ll want to get their hands on these...although they might want to read with the lights on.
The Witching Stone by Danny Weston
In the local church graveyard, Alfie chances upon a boulder with a strange inscription - and meets Mia, who then tells him about the local superstition surrounding the stone.
"If you walk three times around the stone and say "I don't believe in witches," Meg will come after you.” Alfie, in a reckless attempt to show his bravery, accepts the superstition as a challenge. He thinks the story is nonsense. But it soon becomes apparent that he's just made the biggest mistake of his life…
A creepy and spine-tingling ghost story to keep you awake at night!
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Released earlier this year in paperback, The Deathless Girls is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula.
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist and darkly provoking this is the perfect novel to read by candle light in the middle of an autumnal storm!
You can order these titles and many more by contacting Michelle at B For Butterfly Books, a brand new online children’s bookshop based in Altrincham.
Michelle at B for Butterfly Books
My name's Michelle and I run B For Butterfly Books.
I've always loved reading and as a child could often be found with a book in hand, long after lights out!
Working at Waterstones confirmed my passion for books but the demands of a young family and long retail hours didn't mix and so, B For Butterfly Books was born!