Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!



On Halloween all of the Peanuts are excited for candy and costumes! Everyone, that is, except Linus. He's sure that this is the year The Great Pumpkin will appear to those who truly believe. Linus knows he must sit in a sincere pumpkin patch to see this extraordinary sight. Even though his friends make fun of him for his choice, Linus waits by himself while everyone else gets dressed up and goes out trick-or-treating. When the Peanuts gang stops by the patch, Sally decides to wait with her beloved. Will The Great Pumpkin rise in the pumpkin patch Halloween night? Will Sally regret her choice? If you haven’t seen this holiday classic then you must!  

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a tradition for my family. It's always fun to catch up with the Peanuts gang. Even though I know how it will end, I always secretly hope that things will turn out differently. My heart goes out to Charlie Brown for all the rocks he receives. Whoever heard of people passing out rocks instead of candy? I also admire Linus for his strong belief in The Great Pumpkin, even when others made fun of him. I think many of us can see a little of ourselves in each of the characters. With so many scary movies out this time of year, this is one that puts me in the mood to put on my costume and go door to door for candy. I just hope I don’t get any rocks!

Has anyone else watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?  We'd love to hear your thoughts!

According to Linus, The Great Pumpkin needs a lot more publicity, so in the spirit of All Hallow's Read, and this elusive Jack O' Lantern, we're wrapping up the spooky season with these great book giveaways as a thank you to our fabulous readers!

Linus explains The Great Pumpkin


October Book Giveaways


Ferry's Scary Giveaway
Ferry Blackwell, the bakerman from hell, invites you to enter his mysterious giveaway. This bookish prize can be anything from what we hear, but beware- it's sure to scare!


Click here to enter Ferry's Scary Giveaway



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Double Vision Trilogy- Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Linc invites you to enter his action-packed book giveaway. You can also stop by the Character Book Club to find out a little more about his adventures as a double agent.

Click here to enter the Double Vision Giveaway

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The Spooktacular Hop Giveaway
Enjoy the gift of a scary story for All Hallow's Read. Stop by the post and enter for your chance to win a book prize pack of Coraline and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman!



Click here to enter the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

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Giveaways open to US and International and run until October 31st, 2014

Happy reading! Mwahahaha... 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Answer to Monday's Riddle: Trick or Treat!

Excellent guessing Riddlers! This week, we're giving The Great Pumpkin some publicity. Wednesday, Linus will explain this mysterious Halloween tradition, and Friday, we've got something monstrous in mind, so be sure to check back! See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

A great patch of orange is what I seek, and I won't appear if it's scrawny or meek. It must be sincere for me to come, then I'll show myself off to the chosen one. If you believe and forget tricks and treats, I'll quicken the time in which your heart beats. For, I'm exciting to all when the season's right, I come bearing candy in the middle of the night. If you're quiet and wait in the dark, perhaps I'll appear to make my mark. Ghosts and goblins have nothing on me, just ask the boy Linus what I might be. 

What am I? Answer: The Great Pumpkin! 



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday's Riddle: A Sincere Spot...


Hello Riddlers! Can you guess our theme? I've never done this, but if I ever see the perfect patch, I'll give it a try- leaving the festive fun would be hard! ; ) ~ F

A great patch of orange is what I seek, and I won't appear if it's scrawny or meek. It must be sincere for me to come, then I'll show myself off to the chosen one. If you believe and forget tricks and treats, I'll quicken the time in which your heart beats. For, I'm exciting to all when the season's right, I come bearing candy in the middle of the night. If you're quiet and wait in the dark, perhaps I'll appear to make my mark. Ghosts and goblins have nothing on me, just ask the boy Linus what I might be. 

What am I?

I gave you a clue! 
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Margo's Musings: Are There Wolves in the Walls?

Lucy hears noises coming from inside the walls of her big, old house. Her family has something to say about them, but no one believes it's wolves, because then it would be over. Everyone knows that, according to her parents and brother. Maybe rats or bats, but definitely not wolves. Lucy, however, is certain that's exactly what's causing the ruckus, and she's scared by the idea of "it" being over. What could that mean? What happens when wolves come out of the walls?

Margo was a little nervous about reading The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman when we pulled it off the shelf, but she put on her brave face and snuggled up to listen. This is a fun book to read out loud, and the illustrations are interesting and unique. They set a spooky tone and add a quirky flavor to the story. We live in the Begonia House, which is also big and old, and it's always creeping with strange sounds, so it was easy for Margo to relate with Lucy about no one believing what she knew to be true. After we finished the book, Margo told me she wasn't the least bit surprised when it turned out the pig-puppet had the most sense. :)

Has anyone else read The Wolves in the Walls? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Happy reading!
~ F

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Is Eleanor Real?

Poppy, Alice, and Zach are in that tricky stage in between being a kid and being a teenager. Their favorite thing to do each afternoon is to play with figurines they've created “characters” for, with long elaborate histories. The Queen, a really old doll in Poppy’s mom’s china cabinet, is in charge of all the characters even though she can’t be touched (or Poppy’s mom would kill them). When Zach's father decides he's too old to be playing with toys and gets rid of the precious figurines, Zach is furious. He's so upset that he tells Alice and Poppy he doesn’t want to play with them anymore, and that he's outgrown their games. When Poppy and Alice wake Zach up one night to show him The Queen and tell him how she came to Poppy as a ghost named Eleanor, it's terrifying. Although he's scared, Zach knows he must go on the quest to bury her bones. They sneak out and take the bus to the cemetery to bury the bones of a girl who was never put to rest properly. On their quest they have ups and downs; there are hurdles that they could not imagine, and people who are just as creepy as the ghostly girl haunting their dreams. Will they make it back home by dinnertime? Will they ever find the place to bury Eleanor? Is Poppy telling the truth or has she made up the whole story about the ghost? You will have to read this adventure about growing up to find out how everything turns out! 

After I saw the picture on the cover, I was nervous to read Doll Bones by Holly Black. I have always found certain dolls to be a little creepy and scary. I liked that the characters in the book enjoyed using their imaginations and that they had such a good friendship, even though they were each so unique and different. When Zach's toys got thrown away my heart went out to him, and I kept wishing he would tell his friends why he didn't want to play with them anymore. Throughout the quest I kept wondering what was going to happen next, and if they would make it home safely. I think the characters did some things that are a little dangerous, and I know if I sneaked out in the middle of the night my parents would probably kill me! Still, I think this is a book that a lot of kids can relate to as they struggle between wanting to stay kids and needing to grow up. Because the book has its creepy, spooky moments, I would recommend it to kids in fourth grade and up who like ghost stories.

Has anyone else read Doll Bones? Or have you read another book by Holly Black? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Reading!
~L

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