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The Pomegranate Witch












The Pomegranate Witch
by Denise Doyen, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Chronicle Books, 2017

This haunting tale of the Pomegranate Witch will be appreciated by adults as well as titillating for children.  Written in ‘dense’ rhyme, each word contributes to the story’s ambiance and action.

On the edge of town stood the spooky pomegranate tree where kids scared themselves with made-up tales, daring each other to grab the trees treasure.  Finally, five brave adventurers take on the task. Surprising them, the Pomegranate Witch challenges them to a duel, the next day, at noon.  While their second plan of attack, plan B, is in progress, their youngest member sneaks in a back gate and steals a treasure.  They won!  Then Kindly Lady, whose sister is the witch, or so she says…, invites them over for Halloween cheer.  The perfect tale for a late night scare.

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The Too-Scary Story












The Too-Scary Story
by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2017

Walter and Grace get Dad to tell a scary story.  Grace, the oldest, wants a real scary one, for she has a magic wand to protect her.  Walter wants a scary story, but not too scary.  They enter a forest which is dark.   “The spookiest, creepiest kind of dark!” says Grace.  “Too scary!” says Walter.  But then fireflies appear and Walter cheers. And so Dad balances scary with not too scary.  A fun, scary story where Graces uses her magic to save the day!

Dark and scary illustrations balance out the safe ones as Grace and Walter imagine a walk through the forest making the story the perfect scary story.

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