Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Picture Books For Halloween!

Lately I have been veering towards the more Halloweeny type books in my collection and I thought this would be the perfect time to do a quick update about some of them!

Dorrie

Firstly Dorrie the little witch. I can't do a Halloween book update without including her. Recently Egmont kindly sent me copies of the the republished Dorrie books because they remembered how much I love Dorrie. I am so so happy that these books are being republished and I think these are really lovely editions. I especially like the metallic titles.  



I just absolutely love the slightly creepy but comporting atmosphere in these books. I have written about them many times before HERE and HERE and HERE.

The early Dorrie books have harder, blacker illustrations and as the series goes on they get softer. I honestly can't decide which ones I like best. They are all beautiful to me!

Anyway, here are some images from Dorrie and the Blue Witch:

And here are  some from Dorrie and the Wizard's Spell:

I just love love LOVE Dorrie!!!

Night Post

Next I want to write about a book called Night Post which is written by Benjamin Read and illustrated by Laura Trinder. I meant to write about this book ages ago, when it first came out but I just never got around to it. So I am doing it now, better late than never!

Night Post is actually a wordless comic (graphic novel?) picture book about a postman who has a very magical job delivering post to all the creatures of the night. I think it's such a  quirky, cool idea for a story!


The illustrations in this book are just beautiful and so detailed. I especially like this one below with the mushrooms. I love the colours and the eerie, magical atmosphere. I also really like how this book is wordless because it encourages you to really look at and appreciate the art. 

As you can see, the postman has to deliver to all sorts... I wouldn't like to have to deliver mail to these guys...

 Seen and not Heard

This book is by Katie May Green who was actually on the same MA course as me! I always enjoyed to see her work in our crits and so now I am delighted to be able to own some of her work in a picture book.

Seen and not Heard is about the children who reside inside the paintings of Shiverhawk Hall. They all look so good and proper... but what do they get up to when no one's around? They climb out of their frames and run riot is what.

This book makes for a perfect Halloween read because of it's mysterious atmosphere. Also those twins... creepy...


Vampirina Ballerina

I wrote about the first Vampirina Ballerina book before HERE but since then I have acquired the second one too.

I just think Vampirina Ballerina is such a cute little character. She has fluffy spider slippers and a spiderweb party dress. The stories are almost like advice guides for children, giving great and thoughtful tips on how to become a ballerina and how to host the perfect sleepover. I think it works well as it's made interesting by being in the context of Vampire Ballerina's world.

Also I love the illustrations, of course! They have a glamorous, vintage kind of feel to them. 

The Magic Bottle

I wanted to put this one in here because I think it is an unusual book. I have always been a fan of Camille Rose Garcia's art. I just love the spiky, gothic, technicolour worlds she creates. It's quite a wordy book about looking after the environment and the dangers of unrestrained capitalism. I don't think this is really a children's book as it includes some mature and macabre things. I'd say it's a picture book for adults. 

Witch's cat

I hope you don't mind but I do want to include my own books in this list because they are so obviously Halloween themes and also, if I don't promote them then who will!?


So yes, two Halloween books about a little girl who thinks her Mum is a witch. I created all the illustrations by making 3d sets out of paper and fabric and then photographing them. I very much tried to create a warm, autumnal atmosphere in these books, using lots of oranges and reds and yellows. 


See more Children's Halloween-y book reviews here:

Only a Witch can Fly
The Little Witch / De Kleine Heks
A Woggle of Witches
Vampire Boy's Good Night
Snow White (illustrated by Camille Rose Garcia)
Dillweed's Revenge
Scary Godmother / Magic Trixie / Little Endless
Space Witch