Halloween Mega Post
I am precisely the kind of person who secretly collects and stores away posts that I think will be particularly good and interesting for the coming Halloween Day. I do it all year until my favorite holiday arrives and then BAM! Instant post content. So let us see what the fairies of children’s literature have bestowed upon us this day, puffins.
Back in August Leila at bookshelves of doom linked to a post at the nijomu blog that featured interior spreads and information on early 20th century Lynd Ward’s illustrated version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I’d much rather than you read the original post and look at all the pictures there, so to inspire you to do so here’s a tiny taste:
Go and see more!
They say that the human brain is constructed in such a way that our minds automatically find faces where there are none. In the wood of trees, the craters of the moon, or the cracked plaster of a bathroom wall. Even the wallpaper. But it’s possible that artist Adam McCauley knew what he was doing when he put this particular design into his picture book Oh No, Not Ghosts!.
Like Hans Christian Andersen’s papercuts gone awry. Many thanks to Sara O’Leary for the link.
Who says that I can’t link to Halloween posts from over a year ago? My husband Matt adores Comics Should Be Good and I was personally much taken with their collection of Halloween covers of comic books. Who knew that the bat symbol would make for such a good pumpkin mouth?
Yep. There’s a whole website out there based on pop cultural moments (to say nothing of literature) that traumatized us at the time. Called Kindertrauma I was first alerted to this site a while ago by my buddy Dan. And when I searched specifically for books I found a host of articles like the fear inspired by Newbery award winner Miss Hickory and their thoughts on The Brave Little Toaster. For Halloween this year they somehow pulled out a long since forgotten Happy Days Halloween coloring book. Just as wholesome as it sounds. Thanks to Dan for the link.
And I can only hope you’ve been following the collection of Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival pictures that Crooked House put up for your viewing pleasure. Many of them are related to children’s literature, you know, including this collection of Alice in Wonderland scarecrows. Go take a looksee.
And the line between children’s literature and Project Runway comes together for a second time (the first was an event in and of itself) with Peter’s magnificent Halloween Costume Contest over at Collecting Children’s Books. As Candice Ransom points out it must have taken him forever to write, but I couldn’t end on a happier note.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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